The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 – delivered a 12.7 metered market rating, up seven percent compared to an 11.9 for NBA Finals Game 2 in 2016. Sunday’s Game 2 broadcast peaked with a 14.7 rating from 10-10:15 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.
The Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers trilogy continues to deliver the best metered market ratings ever for the NBA Finals on ABC. Last night’s broadcast, in which the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers by 22 points after opening up a commanding third quarter lead, delivered a strong 12.4 metered market rating. This is the third-highest NBA Finals Game 1 ever on ABC, only surpassed by their two previous meetings, according to Nielsen.
ESPN launched Streak, a new game available globally in the ESPN Fantasy App that gives fans a chance to win prizes and compete against friends and ESPN personalities by predicting the outcome of sports games and events around the world every day.
“Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies,” a five-hour 30 for 30 film event, chronicles the storied franchises’ epic clashes and relives the Boston-LA battle from both sides, with sensational footage and fresh, insightful interviews. The three-part documentary will premiere with Parts One and Two back-to-back on Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Part Three on Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ESPN Radio will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2017 NBA Finals, highlighted by Hall of Famer Hubie Brown calling his 16th NBA Finals (TV and radio) – the most for any NBA commentator. He will join play-by-play veteran Marc Kestecher and reporter Marc Stein for each game.
This afternoon, ESPN NBA analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson discussed the 2017 NBA Finals on a conference media call.
The 2017 NBA Finals – the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – tips off exclusively on ABC starting Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET. The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast team – Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke – entering their eighth NBA Finals together, will call the series. Officiating analyst Steve Javie will also provide his expertise. This is the third consecutive NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, which is the first time in NBA history that two teams have collided three straight years for the NBA Championship. This is the 15th consecutive time ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC. The NBA Finals will be available on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App.
The total live audience (television, plus streaming viewership) for the 2017 NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC was up five percent compared to 2016, according to Nielsen. The NBA Playoffs generated a total live audience of 4,488,000 average viewers, compared to 4,266,000 last year.
ESPN today announced that Paul Pierce, former NBA Finals MVP and 10-time All-Star, is joining the NBA Countdown team for pre-game and halftime shows throughout the NBA Finals on ABC. Pierce will join fellow former NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups, analyst Jalen Rose and host Michelle Beadle to form this year’s quartet.
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 on ABC – Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs – delivered a total live audience of 8,311,000 viewers (television plus streaming), according to Nielsen. This is up 50 percent from the total live audience of 5,557,000 viewers for ESPN’s Conference Finals coverage in 2016 (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors). Sunday’s broadcast peaked with 11,395,000 viewers (P2+) from 6-6:15 p.m. ET.