Game 7 Peaks with 7.4 Rating
ABC’s coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Indiana Pacers Game 7 on Sunday generated a 5.4 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated first round NBA Playoffs telecast in 14 years across networks, according to Nielsen. The 5.4 rating was up 29 percent from last year’s comparable game – LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Game 7, which drew a 4.2 rating.
Game 7 on ABC peaked from 3:30-3:45 p.m. ET with a 7.4 rating. In the Cleveland market, Game 7 generated a 24.6 rating, making it the highest-rated first round NBA Playoffs game since 2010. In Indianapolis, Game 7 drew a 21.6 rating, which is the best rating ever for a first round game in the market.
The last time a first round NBA Playoffs game drew a higher rating was on April 25, 2004 when the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets broadcast on ABC delivered a 5.8 rating. There have been 625 nationally televised first round games since then.
Additionally, ABC’s coverage of Game 1 between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz on Sunday delivered a 4.4 metered market rating, up 38 percent from last year’s comparable game – Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards, which drew a 3.2 rating. The 4.4 rating also outdrew every second round telecast from 2017. The broadcast generated a 12.1 rating in the Salt Lake City market and an 11.9 rating in the Houston market.
Through six broadcasts, the 2018 NBA Playoffs on ABC is averaging a 4.2 metered market rating, up 11 percent from 2017.
The NBA Playoffs will continue on ESPN this Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The NBA Playoffs on ABC will continue on Saturday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. for Game 3 of the Cavaliers-Raptors series. On Sunday, May 6, ABC will broadcast Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans at 3:30 p.m. ESPN’s full schedule and coverage plans will be issued this week.
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