ESPN generated its highest-rated NBA Conference Finals Game 1 since 2012 on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The Golden State Warriors 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers delivered a 5.8 metered market rating, up four percent from the most recent NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 – Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs in 2017 – that drew a 5.6 rating. It was also up seven percent from ESPN’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 last year – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – that drew a 5.4 rating. Last night’s Game 1 peaked with a 6.3 rating from 10:45-11 p.m. ET.
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