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Game 1 of NBA Finals sets record for ratings on ABC

While the Warriors and Cavaliers are chasing their own history, they are making history in areas not even basketball related.

According to USA TODAY’s AJ Neuharth-Keusch, Thursday night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals was the highest rated Game 1 ever to air on ABC, and the highest ratings for a Game 1 since 2001. The game scored an average Nielsen rating of 13.1, besting last year’s record of 12.9.

According to Neuharth-Keusch, “Thursday night’s game peaked with a rating of 14.8 between 10:45 and 11 p.m. ET, right around the time the Cavs took their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.”

From there, the Warriors’ bench would take over the game and lead them to a 104-89 victory over the Cavs to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 will take place on Sunday at Oracle Arena.

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