Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Two Games


Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Two Games

  • Record Audience of 18.8 Million Watched Game 2; Broadcast Peaked with 24.4 Million Viewers

 The 2015 NBA Finals, currently tied 1-1 between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, is the most-watched (18,321,000 viewers P2+) and highest-rated (10.6 U.S. household) ever on ABC through the first two games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen.

Last night’s Game 2 delivered 18,795,000 viewers, which was the most-watched NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC. It peaked with 24.4 million viewers at 11 p.m. ET. Game 2 was up 26 percent from 14,914,000 viewers for Miami-San Antonio last season.

Additionally, Game 2 delivered a 10.5 U.S. household rating, which is up 19 percent from an 8.8 last year and ranks as the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC in over a decade.

For the 44th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night for ABC across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos.

NBA Finals on WatchESPN

NBA Finals Game 2 on WatchESPN generated a record 704,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 173,900, which is the second-largest audience for an NBA game ever on the platform (2013 NBA Finals Game 7 was the largest).

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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