NBA Finals Ratings Game 1

Ratings: NBA Finals Set Game 1 Record for ABC, Draws 19.2 Million Viewers

The Golden State Warriors’ 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night delivered a 12.9 overnight rating and 23 share in metered-market households, edging out last year’s NBA Finals opener (12.9/20) to mark ABC’s best prelim numbers for a Game 1 since it started hosting the hoops championship in 2003.

Overall, Cleveland proved to be the strongest Game 1 market, with a 36.0 metered-market rating, followed by San Francisco (32.8) and Sacramento (20.2).

FINAL UPDATE: In the Nielsen finals, game a delivered 19.2 million total viewers and a 7.3 demo rating, topping last years Warriors/Cavs opener, which did 17.8 mil and a 6.9. It thus stands as the most watched Game 1 in ABC’s coverage history as well as the highest-rated, besting 2004’s Pistons/Lakers tipoff (which held the previous record of 7.0).

Elsewhere on Thursday….

NBC | Strong (2.7 mil/0.6) dipped a tenth. Game of Silence‘s first hour hit series lows of 2.2 mil/0.4, while its penultimate airing rose to 2.2 mil/0.5. Series finale airs Sunday, remember!

FOX | Bones (4.6 mil/0.9) was steady, while American Grit (2.0 mil/0.6) rose a tenth.

THE CW | Airing out of a Legends rerun (750K/0.2), Beauty and the Beast opened its final season with 830K and a 0.2, down a tenth from its previous premiere but on par with its Season 3 finale.

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13 Comments
  1. Whatevah says:

    I enjoyed it. :)

  2. Kevin K says:

    WARRIORS!! :-)

  3. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    It was a good game. I have the Warriors in 7 tho. It’s going to another long one for the Dubs.

  4. Lauren says:

    Good game. Y’all gotta look up the video of Steve Kerr breaking his clipboard. HULK SMASH!

  5. football fan says:

    ooooh. Basketball. rah not a fan

  6. iakovos says:

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST… a 0.2?!?!?!? Ouch, CW!

    Why air GAME OF SILENCE series finale on a Sunday night when all the episodes to date ran in the Thursday timeslot?

    Why does BONES hang on? Series is way past prime and tired.

    • Kia says:

      Seriously? You must not even be watching Bones, so please, don’t comment on it. Us fans still love it. I’ve been watching it for many many years, and S11 is one of my all time favourite seasons, so please, stay away.

      • David4 says:

        No a lot of fans ditched Bones a long time ago but even know that Fox is just burning the episodes off for syndication money is where it’s at. I have hope for a decent finale season.

        • kmw says:

          Yes Bones has lost a lot of fans( not every show can be Grey’s Anatomy) but given the amount of jerking around this show has had it is amazing it even has the ones it has left. They stayed steady against the NBA and while I know Bones has more female fans who wouldn’t be watching basketball it still is nice they didn’t dip. While I don’t like what FOX has done with Bones the last two years, running into summer, I am believe pushing Bones back is going to be a better service to them in the end. Thursday’s episode was awesome and Bones is having a pretty good year for a 11 year old show. For all of my complaining about FOX at least they are trying to give them a good sendoff and not cancelling them at the last minute. And we all know syndication has been a factor of Bones still being on the air for some time now. And realizing it isn’t going up against its normal shows( TBBT and Grey’s_ it actually went this week back to a 0.9 when for the last couple of weeks it has had to adjust up later in the day to get there. Given the landscape of television these days Bones is doing alright. not great but alright.

  7. Kia says:

    Bones was so damn good last night. Glad it stays steady.

  8. xyz says:

    I believe that once again, the WCF is the real finals….

  9. rebecca says:

    I despise LeBron James, so Lets go Warriors! A summer of LeBron celebrating would be insufferable.