Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Two Games


Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Two Games

  • Game 2 Scores Record 12.9 Overnight Rating, Up 26 Percent

The 2015 NBA Finals is the highest-rated ever on ABC through the first two games, according to Nielsen. The series, which is currently even at 1-1, is averaging a 12.9 overnight rating.

The NBA Finals continued to set records Sunday as it generated a 12.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC.  The broadcast peaked with a 16.9 from 11 p.m.-11:15 p.m. ET. The rating was up 26 percent from a 10.2 for Miami-San Antonio last year.

For the 44th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television.

New local records

Game 2 delivered a 42.1 rating in the Cleveland market and a 31.7 in the San Francisco market. Both are records for an NBA game on ABC (or any ESPN network) and also up from their previous records, which were set for Game 1 of this series.

Additionally, NBA Countdown, which included special guest Dwyane Wade, delivered a 3.5 overnight rating, up 17 percent from last year’s Game 2 pre-game show.

The NBA Finals will continue with Game 3 on Tuesday, June 9, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, the voice of the NBA Finals, will provide play-by-play with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke.


Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN).


Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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