With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors facing off for the third consecutive year in the NBA Finals, ESPN and ABC Sports announced today that the viewer numbers are up from a year ago.
Sunday’s Game 2 on ABC delivered a 12.7 metered market rating, up 7% from last year’s Game 2. Golden State won the game 132-113 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Sunday’s broadcast peaked with a 14.7 rating from 10-10:15 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.
“Through two games, the 2017 NBA Finals on ABC is averaging a 12.6 metered market rating, up from a 12.5 last year, according to Nielsen. The NBA Finals on ABC is expected to win the night across all of television for the 57th consecutive time,” the announcement notes.
ESPN also chalked up a number of streaming records. “Game 2 drew an average minute audience of 435,800 viewers, 1,774,600 unique viewers and 71,030,300 total minutes streamed — all records for an NBA Finals Game 2,” ESPN noted.
The announcement adds: “Sunday’s Game 2 broadcast averaged a 32.4 rating in the Cleveland market and a 31.1 in the San Francisco-Oakland market. The rest of the top ten local markets include Columbus (19.5), Miami (17.7), Memphis (17.5), Atlanta (17.0), Sacramento (15.5), Richmond (15.3), San Antonio (14.6) and Birmingham (14.0).”
Game 3 is set for Wednesday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET with coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m.