2017 NBA Finals On ABC: Most-Watched Since 1998 Through Four Games

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2017 NBA Finals On ABC: Most-Watched Since 1998 Through Four Games

Game 4 Draws Total Live Audience of 19,387,000 Viewers, Up 15 Percent from Last Year

Game 4 Peaked with 22,450,000 Viewers

The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 – is the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998 through four games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. The series is averaging a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 19,788,000 average viewers, up 12 percent from 17,696,000 viewers in 2016. On ABC, the series is averaging 19,380,000 viewers (P2+), plus an average minute streaming audience of 408,000 viewers.

Friday night’s Game 4 broadcast on ABC – the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 137-116 – delivered a total live audience of 19,387,000 average viewers up 15 percent from a total live audience of 16,867,000 viewers in 2016. On ABC, Game 4 delivered 19,012,000 average viewers (P2+) with an additional average minute streaming audience of 375,000 viewers. Game 4 peaked on ABC with 22,450,000 viewers from 11-11:30 p.m. ET.

The NBA Finals on ABC won the night across all of television for the 59th consecutive time. For additional information, including metered market ratings and Game 4 streaming records, visit ESPN Media Zone to access the press release from earlier today.

The NBA Finals on ABC continues with Game 5 on Monday, June 12, at 9 p.m. (ABC coverage starts at 8:30 p.m.). Game 5 is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.

Gianina Thompson

“Never wish for it more than you work for it.” My dad has told me this ever since we watched the New York Yankees win the World Series in 1996. Living by those words has brought me to ESPN as their Senior Publicist for NBA, MLB, FIBA, and Little League. Working for the World Wide Leader in Sports, it comes naturally that I have a competitive nature. Competing on a Division 1 college rowing team and receiving both my master’s and bachelor’s degrees before turning 22 years old, further illustrates that. Sports are more than entertainment; it’s hopes for something bigger than yesterday.
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