NBA Finals Highest-Rated Ever on ABC through Three Games


LeBron James and his wounded Cavs are really good for the business of basketball according to these numbers from an ESPN press release.

Through three games — I’d expect the momentum to continue — the 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Cavs lead the Warriors 2-1, is the highest-rated ever on ABC, according to Nielsen.

All three of this year’s NBA Finals broadcasts on ABC have set ratings records on the network.

Tuesday’s Game 3 delivered a 13.7 overnight rating, making it ABC’s highest-rated Game 3 ever and up 33 percent from a 10.3 from last year. The broadcast peaked with a 16.4 from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.

For the 45th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable).

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 4 on Thursday, June 11, at 9 p.m. on ABC.