ESPN generated its highest-rated NBA Western Conference Semifinals telecast ever on Friday as the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. The telecast drew a 5.8 metered market rating, peaking with a 7.2 rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. It is also ESPN’s second-highest rated Conference Semifinals telecast ever.
Overall, ESPN and ABC 2019 NBA Playoffs metered market ratings are up three percent from 2018, through 23 games. It is averaging a 3.3 rating. ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the 2019 NBA Conference Semifinals is averaging a 4.1 metered market rating, up 17 percent from 2018.
Last night’s telecast delivered an 18.7 rating in the San Francisco-Oakland market and a 13.2 rating in the Houston market. The third-highest rated market was Portland (9.0 rating), followed by Sacramento (8.1 rating) and Atlanta (7.7 rating).
The NBA Playoffs continue this Sunday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. when the Denver Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. The broadcast is exclusively on ABC and the ESPN App.
The 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals, exclusively on ESPN and the ESPN App, tip off with Game 1 on Tuesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET. The Golden State Warriors will host the Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers winner. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the Western Conference Finals. For more information on upcoming ESPN NBA coverage, including the 2019 Draft Lottery, visit ESPN Press Room.