TV Ratings: NBA Finals Pull 31 Million Viewers, Biggest Audience Since Jordan

The tally marks the most-watched NBA game since 1998.
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The Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry (right) guards the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James.

Game 7 of the NBA Finals was a nail-biter and has the ratings to prove it. The Cleveland Cavaliers' first-ever championship came down to the buzzer in a tight match against the Golden State Warriors in what stands as the highest-rated basketball game of the century.

With updated Nielsen returns, Game 7 scored a massive 30.8 million viewers. That follows the record-breaking 18.9 rating among metered market households that arrived earlier on Monday and stands as the biggest showing ABC has ever had for a NBA game since the network started broadcasting the league back in 2003.

Sunday's game marks the most-watched and highest-rated NBA Finals game since 1998. That year saw the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz battle in the highest-rated NBA game in TV history, coinciding with Michael Jordan's last game in his storied career with the Bulls.

In the demos, Sunday's game averaged a 11.2 rating among adults 18-49 and a 11.7 rating among adults 25-54. Among adults 18-49, its the biggest telecast of the year since February's Super Bowl.

It has been three years since the NBA Finals went to a Game 7 and this showing, also featuring star Lebron James, was up 7 percent from the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs match-up in 2013. It also bested the previous high, a 18.2 household rating, set in 2011.

The 2016 NBA Finals averaged 20.2 million viewers.

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