ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals continues to set ratings records for the network. ABC, which has been hosting the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season, announced that through Tuesday night’s third game, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, this year’s series is the highest-rated NBA Finals in history on the network, based on Nielsen data.
All three of the games so far have set network records, ABC reports.
Tuesday night’s game delivered a 13.7 overnight rating, up 33% from last year’s Game 3 and ABC’s highest-rated Game 3 ever.
The NBA Finals coverage was on track to win the night across broadcast and cable for the 45th consecutive time.
“In the Cleveland market, Game 3 delivered a massive 49.0 rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC or ESPN in the market, surpassing the records it set for both Games 1 and 2,” ABC announced. “Additionally, in the San Francisco market, Game 3 generated a 31.6, which trails only Game 2 as the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC or ESPN in the market. (Game 2 did a 31.7).”
The Finals continue Thursday with Game 4 set for 9 p.m. on ABC.