As LeBron James struggles to try to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland, the NBA Finals between his Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors — who now lead the series 3-2 — continue to set ratings records for ABC.
The network announced that ratings through five games are the highest in history for an NBA Finals series on ABC.
“Last night’s Game 5 delivered a 14.2 overnight rating, which is the highest-rated Game 5 on ABC in more than a decade and up 21 percent from an 11.7 for last year’s Game 5 (Miami-San Antonio),” ABC announced. “The broadcast peaked with an 18.1 from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.”
The San Francisco market, where the Warriors are based, also set a record.
“The 2015 NBA Finals set another local ratings record for Game 5,” the network announced. “In the San Francisco market, the ABC broadcast generated a 33.6 rating, an all-time best for an NBA game on the network. In the Cleveland market, the broadcast delivered a 42.5 rating, making it the third-highest rated NBA game ever on the network (trails only Games 3 and 4).”
Sunday’s coverage of the NBA Finals was poised to win the night for the 47th consecutive time across all of television. Through five games, the 2015 NBA Finals are averaging a 13.5 overnight rating, up 27 percent from a 10.6 last year.
ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.