2017 NBA Finals on ABC: Most-Watched Since 1998 Through Two Games

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2017 NBA Finals on ABC: Most-Watched Since 1998 Through Two Games

The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 – is the most-watched since 1998, through two games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. The series is averaging a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 19,602,000 average viewers, up five percent from 18,641,000 viewers in 2016. It is averaging 19,192,000 viewers (P2+) on ABC and an average minute streaming audience of 410,000 viewers.

Sunday’s NBA Finals Game 2, in which the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 132-113, generated a total live audience of 20,117,000 average viewers, making it the most-watched NBA Finals Game 2 since 1998. It was up 13 percent from 17,756,000 average viewers in 2016. The Game 2 broadcast averaged 19,681,000 viewers (P2+) and an average minute streaming audience of 436,000 viewers. The broadcast peaked with 23,094,000 viewers from 10-10:30 p.m. ET.

The NBA Finals on ABC won the night across television on Sunday for the 57th consecutive time.

The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC and the ESPN App continues with Game 3 on Wednesday, June 7, at 9 p.m. (coverage starting at 8:30 p.m.)

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

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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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