ABC’s Highest-Rated Primetime NBA Conference Semifinals Game Since 2011


ABC’s Highest-Rated Primetime NBA Conference Semifinals Game Since 2011

Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Game 3 Up 20 Percent with 5.5 Metered Market Rating

  • ESPN and ABC’s NBA Conference Semifinals Coverage Up 21 Percent from Last Season

ABC generated its highest-rated primetime NBA Conference Semifinals game broadcast since 2011 on Saturday, according to Nielsen. ABC’s coverage of the Houston Rockets victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals series was up 20 percent from last year’s comparable window. It averaged a 5.5 metered market rating and peaked with a 7.3 rating from 11-11:15 p.m. ET.

In the San Francisco-Oakland market, the broadcast delivered an 18.2 rating, while in the Houston market, the telecast delivered an 11.8 rating.

Through six games, ESPN and ABC’s NBA Conference Semifinals coverage is averaging a 4.1 metered market rating, up 21 percent from last season.

It was ESPN’s second consecutive night of posting significant ratings increases for its NBA Playoffs coverage. For more information on Friday’s games, visit ESPN Press Room.

ABC’s coverage of the 2019 NBA Playoffs continues today, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Mark Jones, analyst and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez will provide commentary. NBA Countdown precedes the game at 3 p.m. on ABC with host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Paul Pierce.


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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