- Game 2 Scores Record 12.9 Overnight Rating, Up 26 Percent
The 2015 NBA Finals is the highest-rated ever on ABC through the first two games, according to Nielsen. The series, which is currently even at 1-1, is averaging a 12.9 overnight rating.
The NBA Finals continued to set records Sunday as it generated a 12.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC. The broadcast peaked with a 16.9 from 11 p.m.-11:15 p.m. ET. The rating was up 26 percent from a 10.2 for Miami-San Antonio last year.
For the 44th consecutive time, the NBA Finals is expected to win the night across all of television.
New local records
Game 2 delivered a 42.1 rating in the Cleveland market and a 31.7 in the San Francisco market. Both are records for an NBA game on ABC (or any ESPN network) and also up from their previous records, which were set for Game 1 of this series.
Additionally, NBA Countdown, which included special guest Dwyane Wade, delivered a 3.5 overnight rating, up 17 percent from last year’s Game 2 pre-game show.
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.