Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC

Game 6 Averages 23,254,000 Viewers; Broadcast Peaks with Audience of 28,744,000

 The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2, is the most-watched and highest-rated ever on ABC, according to Nielsen. The six-game series averaged nearly 20 million viewers (19,939,000 P2+) and an 11.6 U.S. household rating, up 30 percent and 26 percent, respectively, from the 2014 NBA Finals (Miami-San Antonio).

Last night’s Game 6 delivered an average audience of 23,254,000 viewers, peaking with 28,744,000 viewers from 11:45 p.m.-midnight ET, and a 13.4 U.S. household rating. This was up 13 percent and nine percent, respectively, from the most recent NBA Finals Game 6, which was in 2013 (Miami-San Antonio).

For the 48th consecutive time, the NBA Finals propelled ABC to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos, more than doubling its competition.

NBA Finals on WatchESPN

The 2015 NBA Finals was the most-viewed ever on WatchESPN. It averaged 757,000 unique viewers, which was up 102 percent from last year.  Additionally, it delivered an average minute audience of 207,000 viewers, up 116 percent from 2014.

 NBA Finals on ESPN Deportes

The NBA Finals on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.7 Hispanic Household Rating with 144,000 Hispanic viewers (P2+). The series is tied with 2014 for the highest-rated ever in Spanish-language. Last night’s Game 6 averaged a 1.1 Hispanic Household Rating with 243,000 Hispanic viewers, up 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively, for Game 6 in 2013.

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show, averaged 5,466,000 viewers and a 3.5 U.S. household rating through six games. This is up 21 percent and 23 percent, respectively, from 2014.

For more information on metered market ratings, digital numbers and local market rankings, please visit ESPN Media Zone to access this morning’s press release.

ABC has been the exclusive home to the NBA Finals since 2002-2003 season.

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Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC

The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2, is the highest-rated ever on ABC, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The six-game series averaged a 13.9 overnight rating, which is up 31 percent from a 10.6 for the 2014 NBA Finals.

Tuesday’s Game 6 delivered a 15.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated Game 6 ever on ABC. It was up eight percent from a 14.7 for the most recent NBA Finals Game 6 – (Miami-San Antonio 2013).  Last night’s broadcast peaked with an 18.8 rating from 11:45 p.m.-midnight ET.

For the 48th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable), more than doubling its competition.

San Francisco market record

In the San Francisco market, Game 6 generated a 40.7, which is the highest-rated NBA game ever in the market as far as records go back (2002). Additionally, Game 6 delivered a 42.0 in the Cleveland market, which ranks as the fifth-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC or ESPN.

 Game 6 on WatchESPN

Last night’s Game 6 saw 939,000 unique viewers on WatchESPN, which is the most ever for an NBA game on the platform. In addition, Game 6 drew an average minute audience of 292,000 viewers, which also ranks as the most-watched NBA game ever on the platform.

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show, delivered a 5.1 overnight rating, up 16 percent from a 4.4 for the most recent Game 6 pre-game show, in 2013.

*ABC has been the exclusive home to the NBA Finals since the 2002-2003 season.

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Most-Watched NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Five Games

Game 5 Averages More Than 20 Million Viewers; Broadcast Peaks with Audience of 24.8 Million

The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-2, is the most-watched ever on ABC through five games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. The series is averaging 19,215,000 viewers, which is up 25 percent from 15,373,000 viewers last year (Miami-San Antonio).

Sunday’s Game 5 averaged 20,511,000 viewers (P2+), which is up 15 percent from 17,859,000 viewers for last year’s Game 5. It is also the most-watched NBA Finals Game 5 in more than a decade. Last night’s ABC broadcast peaked with an audience of 24,840,000 viewers from 10:30-11 p.m. ET.

The NBA Finals propelled ABC to win the night for the 47th consecutive time across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos.

Game 5 on WatchESPN

NBA Finals Game 5 generated 741,600 unique viewers on WatchESPN, which is the second-highest ever for an NBA game on the platform. Additionally, WatchESPN saw an average minute audience of 198,300, which is the third-highest ever for an NBA game on the platform.

For details on metered market ratings and local numbers, please visit ESPN Media Zone for this morning’s press release.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 6 on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 8:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Five Games

The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-2, is the highest-rated ever on ABC through five games, according to Nielsen.

Last night’s Game 5 delivered a 14.2 overnight rating, which is the highest-rated Game 5 on ABC in more than a decade and up 21 percent from an 11.7 for last year’s Game 5 (Miami-San Antonio).  The broadcast peaked with an 18.1 from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.

San Francisco Market Sets another Record

The 2015 NBA Finals set another local ratings record for Game 5. In the San Francisco market, the ABC broadcast generated a 33.6 rating, an all-time best for an NBA game on the network. In the Cleveland market, the broadcast delivered a 42.5 rating, making it the third-highest rated NBA game ever on the network (trails only Games 3 and 4).

The NBA Finals is expected to win the night for the 47th consecutive time across all of television (broadcast and cable).

The record-setting 2015 NBA Finals is averaging a 13.5 overnight rating through five games, which is up 27 percent from a 10.6 last year.

Last night’s edition of NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show, delivered a 3.7 overnight rating, which was up 28 percent from a 2.9 for last year’s Game 5 pre-game show.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 6 on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 8:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Four Games

Nearly 20 Million Viewers is Largest Game 4 Audience on ABC in More Than a Decade; Broadcast Peaks with 23.4 Million Viewers

The 2015 NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State is the most-watched and highest-rated NBA Finals ever on ABC through four games, according to Nielsen, averaging 18,896,000 viewers (P2+) and a 11.0 U.S. household rating, up 24 and 28 percent, respectively, from last year’s Miami-San Antonio series (14,748,000; 8.9).

Thursday’s Game 4 – in which the Golden State Warriors evened the series at two games apiece with a convincing 103-82 victory in Cleveland – averaged 19.8 million viewers, the largest audience for a Game 4 on ABC in more than a decade.  The broadcast peaked on ABC with 23,407,000 viewers from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.  Additionally, Game 4 was up 34 percent from 14,796,000 viewers for last year’s Game 4.

Last night’s Game 4 also drew an 11.7 U.S. household rating, ABC’s highest-rated Game 4 in more than a decade.  The peak rating was a 13.6 from 11:15-11:30 p.m. The rating was up 27 percent from a 9.2 for last year’s Game 4.

The NBA Finals propelled ABC to win the night for the 46th consecutive time across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos, dating back to Game 4 of the 2007 NBA Finals. Game 4 more than doubled its closest competition Thursday night.

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA pre-game show, averaged 6,002,000 viewers, up 20 percent from 4,984,000 viewers a year ago. The broadcast earned a 3.9 U.S. household rating, up 22 percent from a 3.2 for the Game 4 show in 2014.

For details on metered market ratings, WatchESPN viewership and local market numbers, please visit ESPN Media Zone for this morning’s press release.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 5 on Sunday, June 14, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 7:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Four Games

  • 9 Overnight Rating is Best for Game 4 in Over a Decade

The 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are tied 2-2, is the highest-rated ever on ABC through four games, according to Nielsen. Last night’s Game 4 delivered a 13.9 overnight rating, which is the highest-rated Game 4 on ABC in over a decade and up 31 percent from a 10.6 for last year’s Game 4 (Miami-San Antonio).  The broadcast peaked with a 16.0 from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.

Locally, the NBA Finals on ABC continues to deliver big numbers. In the Cleveland market, Game 4 generated a 45.7 rating, which is the second-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC (Game 3 was the highest). In the San Francisco market, the broadcast delivered a 30.5 rating, which is the third-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC (Games 2 and 3 rank as the highest).

Through four games, the record-setting 2015 NBA Finals is averaging a 13.1 overnight rating, which is up 26 percent from a 10.4 last year.

Additionally, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) for the 46th consecutive time.

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show, posted a 4.8 overnight rating, which was up 23 percent from a 3.9 for last year’s Game 4 pre-game show.

NBA Finals Game 4 on WatchESPN

The NBA Finals continue to deliver record audiences on WatchESPN. Thursday’s Game 4 drew 744,500 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 203,000.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 5 on Sunday, June 13, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 7:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Three Games

Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Three Games

  • Nearly 18.8 Million Viewers is Largest Game 3 Audience Ever on ABC; Broadcast Peaks with 23.5 Million Viewers

The 2015 NBA Finals is the most-watched and highest-rated NBA Finals ever on ABC through three games, according to Nielsen. The series is averaging 18,463,000 viewers (P2+) and a 10.8 U.S. household rating, up 25 and 21 percent, respectfully, from last year’s Miami-San Antonio series.

Tuesday’s Game 3, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, generated nearly 18.8 million viewers (18,773,000), making it the largest audience ever for a Game 3 on ABC.  The broadcast peaked on ABC with 23,527,000 viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET. Additionally, Game 3 was up 29 percent from 14,579,000 viewers for last year’s Game 3.

Last night’s Game 3 also drew an 11.1 U.S. household rating, making it ABC’s highest-rated Game 3 ever. The peak rating was a 13.8 from 11:30-11:45 p.m. The rating was up 26 percent from an 8.8 for last year’s Game 3.

The NBA Finals propelled ABC to win the night for the 45th consecutive time across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos. Game 3 nearly doubled its competition Tuesday night.

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA pre-game show, averaged 5,453,000 viewers, which is up 17 percent from 4,641,000 viewers from last year. The broadcast earned a 3.6 U.S. household rating, up 20 percent from a 3.0 from last year’s Game 3 pre-game show.

For details on metered market ratings, WatchESPN viewership and local market numbers, please visit ESPN Media Zone for this morning’s press release.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 4 on Thursday, June 11, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 8:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Three Games

Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Three Games

  • Record Ratings Continue with Best-Ever 13.7 for a Game 3 on ABC

 Through three games, the 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Golden State 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).

More local records

In the Cleveland market, Game 3 delivered a massive 49.0 rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC or ESPN in the market, surpassing the records it set for both Games 1 and 2. Additionally, in the San Francisco market, Game 3 generated a 31.6, which trails only Game 2 as the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC or ESPN in the market. (Game 2 did a 31.7).

Top 10 local markets

Market Rating
1.Cleveland 49.0

 

2.San Francisco 31.6
3.Columbus 25.2
4.Memphis 19.5
5.Atlanta 17.0

 

6.Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 16.8
7(T).Sacramento 16.2
7(T).Norfolk 16.2
9.Birmingham 15.2
10.Raleigh-Durham 15.1

Game 3 on WatchESPN

NBA Finals Game 3 set more records on WatchESPN. Tuesday’s game generated 736,200 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 207,300, both records for an NBA game on the platform and up 113 percent and 118 percent, respectively, from last year’s Game 3.

In addition, NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show, posted a 4.7 overnight rating, which is up 30 percent from a 3.6 for last year’s corresponding pre-game show.

The 2015 NBA Finals will continue with Game 4 on Thursday, June 11, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, in his record-setting 10th season as the voice of The Finals, will continue to provide commentary with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 8:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

ABC has been the exclusive broadcast home of the NBA Finals since the 2002-03 season.

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ESPN The Magazine’s First-Ever eSports Issue

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On the cover:  This year’s Call of Duty cover star isn’t the black-helmeted soldier you’d expect—it’s Seattle Seahawks star and gaming fanatic, Marshawn Lynch. Here’s the story of how a  gamer-turned-motion-capture performer put his stamp on the blockbuster franchise that has captured his imagination and will soon carry his likeness, giving him the distinction of being the first athlete to appear in a Call of Duty game. The Mag’s Sam Alipour provides this exclusive account of the making of his character in “The Whole Game is Beast Mode.”

 

 

eSports Issue Features

PewDiePie 

The Mag tracked down the elusive Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, to understand how he became the face of the live-streaming movement and the King of YouTube. By Wayne Drehs

Faker

A profile of the South Korean prodigy, Faker, the first global superstar of eSports who now carries an entire gaming-mad country on his back. By Mina Kimes

Women in Gaming

A lifelong gaming enthusiast explains why she refuses to let Gamergate drive her out of the industry she loves.  By Latoya Peterson (a co-production with espnW)

Why I Game: Kevin Durant and Patrick Peterson 

First-persons by the NBA’s Kevin Durant and Patrick Peterson of the NFL on why they are such avid gamers.

eSports Data Dive

A comprehensive analysis of the growth and reach of eSports, done in conjunction with FiveThirtyEight. By Ben Casselman

Photo Act: Major League Gaming

In advance of X Games Austin and in conjunction with xGames.com, we released our photo act on MLG’s recent Dota 2 tournament in Columbus, Ohio.  By Hallie Grossman 

Additional eSports Issue Highlights:

  • Horse Racing: In “The Luckiest Jockey on Earth” The Mag’s Tim Keown explores Victor Espinoza’s remarkably Zen outlook in advance of his historic third shot at the Triple Crown atop American Pharoah.
  • NBA: The Mag’s Jordan Brenner provides an analytics-driven look at why the Timberwolves should definitely draft Karl-Anthony Towns with the top pick and definitely not trade the spot.
  • Golf: The Mag’s “Numbers” columnist Peter Keating studies the psychological reasons why some golfers choke where others come up clutch.

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Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Finals Ever on ABC through Two Games

  • Record Audience of 18.8 Million Watched Game 2; Broadcast Peaked with 24.4 Million Viewers

 The 2015 NBA Finals, currently tied 1-1 between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, is the most-watched (18,321,000 viewers P2+) and highest-rated (10.6 U.S. household) ever on ABC through the first two games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen.

Last night’s Game 2 delivered 18,795,000 viewers, which was the most-watched NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC. It peaked with 24.4 million viewers at 11 p.m. ET. Game 2 was up 26 percent from 14,914,000 viewers for Miami-San Antonio last season.

Additionally, Game 2 delivered a 10.5 U.S. household rating, which is up 19 percent from an 8.8 last year and ranks as the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC in over a decade.

For the 44th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night for ABC across all of television (broadcast and cable) and across all key demos.

NBA Finals on WatchESPN

NBA Finals Game 2 on WatchESPN generated a record 704,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 173,900, which is the second-largest audience for an NBA game ever on the platform (2013 NBA Finals Game 7 was the largest).

The NBA Finals will continue with Game 3 on Tuesday, June 9, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Mike Breen, the voice of the NBA Finals, will provide play-by-play with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke.

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