Viewership for NBA Finals Game 1 on ABC Up 13 Percent From Last Year

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Viewership for NBA Finals Game 1 on ABC Up 13 Percent From Last Year

Won the Night Across All of Television and In All Key Demos

  • 20-Year Ratings Records in Phoenix and Milwaukee Markets

Viewership for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC was up 13 percent from last year’s Game 1, according to Nielsen. The ABC broadcast averaged 8,560,000 viewers, peaking with nearly 10 million viewers (9,970,000) from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.

The Phoenix Suns victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 propelled ABC to win the night across all of television and in all key demos, including the Adult and Male demos.

Game 1 also set 20-year ratings records in the Phoenix and Milwaukee markets. The broadcast drew a 23.9 rating in the Milwaukee market, the best since 2001, and a 23.7 rating in the Phoenix market, the best since 2000.

ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals continues tonight – Thursday, July 8 – with Game 2 at 9 p.m.

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Shakeemah Simmons-Winter

I am a senior publicist for men’s pro sports, working predominantly with the NBA and FIBA properties. I’m a Jersey City, NJ native, so I cheer for all New York sports and athletes, win or lose. I began my sports career as a small forward for JCPS #9’s elementary basketball team, and then years later gave up my hoop dreams (sort of) to work as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Knicks. Prior to working in sports, I briefly worked as an intern turned production assistant for the Wendy Williams Show. I earned a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband Matthew, and later attended New York University to earn a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. I am excited to continue my sports journey with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the sports industry.
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