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[06/17/16 - 09:05 AM]
NBA Finals Heads to Historic Game 7 on ABC After Game 6 Delivers Big 14.1 Overnight Rating
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, June 16.

[via press release from ESPN]

NBA Finals Heads to Historic Game 7 on ABC After Game 6 Delivers Big 14.1 Overnight Rating

· NBA Finals on ABC Wins Night for 54th Consecutive Time; Game 6 Peaked with a 16.7 rating

· ABC to Broadcast its Fourth NBA Finals Game 7 on Sunday

Last night's NBA Finals Game 6 - the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors (115-101)-- on ABC averaged a 14.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The telecast peaked at a 16.7 metered market rating from 11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. ET.

The NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television for the 54th consecutive time.

The Cleveland market averaged a 44.3 metered market rating and the San Francisco market averaged a 34.9 metered market rating.

WatchESPN Records

Thursday's NBA Finals Game 6 was the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN across metrics. It generated a record 1.3 million unique viewers, an average minute audience of 391,800 viewers and approximately 68.6 million total minutes streamed.

The historic Game 7 on ABC -the fourth time the network will broadcast an NBA Finals Game 7-- will be on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET (coverage starting at 7:30 p.m.). The Cavaliers will look to make history as the first team to come back from 3-1 deficit in the Finals and the Warriors shoot to cap a record 73 win regular season with an NBA Championship. The NBA Finals is also available on ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio.

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

· Game 6 ABC Audience Averages 20,702,000 Viewers, Peaks with 25,254,000 Viewers

· NBA Finals on ABC Wins the Night Across Television for 54th Consecutive Time

· NBA Game 6 Sets Audience Records on WatchESPN

· NBA Finals Game 7 Coverage on ABC Starts This Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The 2016 NBA Finals is the second-most watched ever on ABC through six games, averaging 18,515,000 viewers (p2+), according to Nielsen.

Last night's Game 6 - the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to even the series 3-3 - generated 20,702,000 average viewers, peaking with 25,254,000 viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.

NBA Finals Game 6 on ABC won the night across all of television for the 54th consecutive time.

WatchESPN Records

Thursday's NBA Finals Game 6 was the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN across metrics. It generated a record 1.3 million unique viewers, an average minute audience of 391,800 viewers and approximately 68.6 million total minutes streamed.

For additional information on metered market ratings, please visit ESPN Media Zone for today's earlier press release.

NBA Finals Game 7 coverage on ABC

The 2016 NBA Finals will continue with the winner-take-all Game 7, this Sunday, June 19, at 8 p.m. ET (coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.). The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and unanimous Kia M.V.P. Steph Curry will host the Cleveland Cavaliers and two-time NBA Champion LeBron James.

The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast team - Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke - will provide commentary. NBA Countdown precedes the game on ABC at 7:30 p.m. with Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose and guest analyst Paul Pierce. This marks the fourth NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC.

NBA Finals Game 7 is also available on ESPN Radio (Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein), ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. SportsCenter will air live on ESPN from 6-7:30 p.m., leading into ABC's NBA Finals coverage.





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