The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2, wound up as the most-watched and highest-rated ever on ABC, based on Nielsen figures, the network announced.
The six-game series, which concluded Tuesday night, averaged nearly 20 million viewers (19,939,000 P2+) and an 11.6 U.S. household rating, up 30 percent and 26 percent, respectively, from the 2014 NBA Finals featuring Miami vs. San Antonio.
Tuesday’s Game 6 averaged 23.254 million viewers, peaking with an audience of 28.744 million from 11:45 p.m.-midnight ET, ABC announced.
“For the 48th consecutive time, the NBA Finals propelled ABC to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos, more than doubling its competition,” ABC announced. The network has had exclusive coverage of the NBA Finals since the 2002-2003 season.
The 2015 NBA Finals were also the most-viewed ever on WatchESPN, averaging 757,000 unique viewers, up 102 percent from last year.
“The NBA Finals on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.7 Hispanic Household Rating with 144,000 Hispanic viewers (P2+),” the announcement notes. “The series is tied with 2014 for the highest-rated ever in Spanish-language.”