NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC Leads All Networks for Big Sunday Win
Game 2 of The NBA Finals on ABC was seen by the most viewers of any show on television last night, four percent more than Game 2 a year ago, 64% higher than Game 2 in 2007 and the second highest in ABC’s current seven-year history with the NBA. The game saw the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Orlando Magic 101-96 in overtime to take a 2-0 in the best-of-seven championship series.
This strong performance, based on an 8.2 fast national rating for the game with an average of 14 million viewers, helped ABC to win the night among all networks in prime time, with especially strong results among young adults, including its highest-rated Summer Sunday in five years. In prime time:
- ABC was watched by an average of 10.3 million viewers, 2.5 million more than its closest competitor (CBS – 7.8 million).
- ABC beat the combined delivery of CBS, NBC and Fox among Adults 18-49 (4.2 rating vs. a combined 4.0).
- Among Adults 18-34, ABC posted a 4.1 rating, its best for a Summer Sunday since June 13, 2004.
The game’s rating among Men 18-34 was 7.8, an increase of 11% over last year (7.0 for Lakers vs. Boston Celtics) and 81% higher than 2007 (4.3 for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs).
Both games of The NBA Finals have been the most-watched show on television that night. The series continues with up to three games in Orlando, live on ABC and ABC HD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9, Thursday, June 11, both at 8 p.m. ET, and Sunday, June 14, at 8 p.m.