NBA Finals Game 6 delivers higher television rating than any 2018 Finals game
The recently concluded NBA Finals series between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors was definitely one for the books, and according to Ben Cafardo of ESPN, Thursday night’s epic Game 6 battle outperformed any of the four games from the 2018 Finals:
🔼2019 #NBAPlayoffs on ABC & ESPN finished UP from both 2018 & 2017 in overnight ratings.
🆙#NBAFinals Gm 6 peaked w/ 17.5 rating, higher than every qt hour in 2018 Finals, up 8% from Game 5 peak.
🏀Strong 13.2 for Gm 6 lifts Finals on ABC to win night for 70th straight time. pic.twitter.com/E8ngKDSLRP
— Ben Cafardo (@Ben_ESPN) June 14, 2019
Last season, the Warriors made quick work of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, completing a dominant four-game sweep against the challengers en route to their second consecutive title.
This year’s Finals was anything but predictable, with the underdog Raptors going toe-to-toe against the three-peat-seeking Dubs. Game 6 was nail-bitingly close from wire-to-wire, and it was the perfect culmination to an equally exciting Finals series. This is why it comes as no surprise that a lot more viewers watched Toronto’s championship-clinching Game 6 victory.
While Game 6 got superb TV ratings here in the United States, one has to imagine it got ridiculous ratings up in Canada. Toronto became fully immersed in the Raptors during this incredible championship run, and the post-victory celebrations showed just how much the city loved its team.
It’s also interesting to note that the playoffs overall did better in the ratings on ESPN and ABC this year over last year, even without LeBron James participating this time around. The NBA surely has to like seeing that.