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2015 NBA Finals Highest Rated Since Michael Jordan’s Last Championship (1998)

Basketball fans all over the world have been treated to one hell of an NBA Finals series between the Cavs and Warriors through the first four games. Stephen Curry’s MVP story and LeBron James quest for greatness and dominance has made for a must-watch battle.

According to Nielsen, the Warriors 103-82 win over the Cavs on Thursday night was the highest rated Game 4 on ABC in over a decade. Overall, this year’s Finals is averaging a 13.1 rating, which is the highest rated since Michael Jordan’s last NBA Finals back in 1998. Via ESPN:

The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are tied 2-2, is the highest-rated ever on ABC through four games, according to Nielsen. Last night’s Game 4 delivered a 13.9 overnight rating, which is the highest-rated Game 4 on ABC in over a decade and up 31 percent from a 10.6 for last year’s Game 4 (Miami-San Antonio). The broadcast peaked with a 16.0 from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.

Locally, the NBA Finals on ABC continues to deliver big numbers. In the Cleveland market, Game 4 generated a 45.7 rating, which is the second-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC (Game 3 was the highest). In the San Francisco market, the broadcast delivered a 30.5 rating, which is the third-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC (Games 2 and 3 rank as the highest).

Through four games, the record-setting 2015 NBA Finals is averaging a 13.1 overnight rating, which is up 26 percent from a 10.4 last year.


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