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[06/06/16 - 07:01 AM]
Second-Highest Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC Through Two Games
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, June 5.

[via press release from ESPN]

Second-Highest Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC Through Two Games

· NBA Finals Expected to Win the Night for 50th Consecutive Time

· Game 2 Delivers Third-Most Watched NBA Game in WatchESPN History

The 2016 NBA Finals is the second-highest rated ever on ABC through two games, according to overnights from Nielsen. The Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers rematch is averaging a 12.4 metered market rating.

Last night's NBA Finals Game 2 - the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by the largest margin of victory ever for an NBA Finals Game 2, 33 points (110-77), generated a strong 11.8 overnight rating, tying it for the third-highest rated NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC.

The NBA Finals on ABC is expected to win the night across all of television for the 50th consecutive time. Last night's Game 2 on ABC peaked with a 13.2 rating from 9-9:15 p.m. and again from 10-10:15 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2 on WatchESPN

Last night's Game 2 was the third-most watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN. It generated 43,234,000 total minutes streamed, 875,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 267,000.

Top local markets for Game 2 on ABC:
Market Rating
Cleveland 32.1
San Francisco 32.1
Sacramento 17.6
Miami 15.9
Atlanta 15.6
Columbus 15.0
Memphis 14.9
Richmond 14.1
San Antonio 13.9
Norfolk 13.5

NBA Countdown

Additionally, NBA Countdown - ABC's NBA Finals pre-game show - generated a 3.7 overnight rating, up six percent from a 3.5 for last year's Game 2 pre-game show and up 23 percent from a 3.0 in 2014.

Game 3

The 2016 NBA Finals will continue with Game 3 on ABC this Wednesday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET. NBA Countdown will precede the telecast at 8:30 p.m. The game is also available on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and via WatchESPN.

Second-Most Watched NBA Finals Ever on ABC Through Two Games

· ABC Delivers its Second-Most Watched NBA Finals Game 2 Ever

· NBA Finals on ABC Wins the Night Across Television for 50th Consecutive Time

The 2016 NBA Finals is the second-most watched ever on ABC through two games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. The series is averaging 18,270,000 viewers (p2+).

Last night's NBA Finals Game 2 - the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by 33 points (110-77), the largest margin of victory ever for an NBA Finals Game 2 - averaged 17,361,000 viewers, making it the second-most watched Game 2 ever on ABC. It peaked with 19,367,000 viewers from 10-10:30 p.m. ET.

Based on Fast Nationals from Nielsen, the NBA Finals on ABC will win the night across all of television for the 50th consecutive time.

Game 3

The 2016 NBA Finals will continue with Game 3 on ABC this Wednesday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET. NBA Countdown will precede the telecast at 8:30 p.m. The game is also available on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and via WatchESPN.

For additional information, including Game 2 local market ratings and WatchESPN audience numbers, please access today's earlier press release.





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