NBA Finals hoop ratings gold for ABC

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 08 June 2015

Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in an overtime thriller, delivered a 12.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 ever on ABC, according to Nielsen.

NBA Finals Game 1 was also up 24% from a 10.4 for last year's Game 1 (Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs).

The analyst expects that the NBA Finals will win the night across television for the 43rd consecutive time.

Game 1 on ABC delivered a 41.4 rating in the Cleveland market and a 28.9 in the San Francisco market. Both are the highest-rated NBA games on ABC ever in the respective markets.

Additionally, NBA Countdown – ABC's NBA Finals pre-game show – generated a 4.6 overnight rating, which is up 18% from 3.9 for the corresponding show leading into Game 1 in 2014.

The NBA Finals will continue with Game Two on ABC on Sunday.