With both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals going to seventh games in the NBA playoffs, we get a chance to compare viewership for the two decisive games.
Deadline reports that Monday’s Western Conference Finals game, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year, had the edge. The game delivered a 10.3 average rating in metered market results to rank as the highest-rated NBA game this year on cable or broadcast. The game, carried by TNT, also had 14.8 million viewers.
Monday’s game eclipsed Sunday’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 7, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the Finals by dispatching the Boston Celtics, by 13% in the early metrics, Deadline adds. Cleveland also reached the Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
Monday’s game became the second most watched pro basketball game in cable history, the report notes, trailing only Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals between the Warriors that the Oklahoma City Thunder.