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Ratings for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, another rout, were down

We’re yet to see a close game in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 15-point victory in Game 1, and over the last two games, we’ve seen 33 and 30-point margins in favor of the Warriors and then the Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.

That 63-point swing is the largest in Finals history and the fourth-largest in the postseason history. It’s pretty ridiculous.

As a result of the large scoring discrepancies that have turned these games into laughers, some fans are changing the channel.

According to the Associated Press, Wednesday night’s Game 3 hauled in 16.5 million viewers on ABC, which is 12 percent lower than the 18.8 million total for Game 3 of last year’s Finals series between the Dubs and the Cavs.

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To be fair, these are still pretty impressive numbers. ESPN said that it was the second-highest rated Game 3 since the Finals moved to ABC in 2003, only behind the 2015 contest. Previously, when the Finals were on NBC, Jordan’s Chicago Bulls regularly hauled in 18-20 million viewers at the height of their dynasty.

Hopefully, Game 4 will be a different story and we’ll finally get an exciting finish, along the lines of what we say in both of the Conference Finals series’.

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