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TV Ratings: NBA Finals Steady for Game Two

The second game of the NBA Finals drew almost exactly the same audience as the first, with ABC again scoring sizable year-to-year gains for its telecast. Sunday’s contest, a 107-88 Golden State Warriors win over the Boston Celtics, averaged 11.91 million viewers for ABC — almost exactly the same as the 11.9 million (spread over […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Have Best Opening Since 2019

The opening of the 2022 NBA Finals scored for ABC. Game one of the series, a 120-108 win for the Boston Celtics over the Golden State Warriors, drew 11.4 million viewers — the biggest audience for the series opener in three years, per Nielsen. A simulcast on ESPN2 added 501,000 more viewers. The two-channel total […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Close on 2-Year High

The deciding game of the NBA Finals on Tuesday delivered the biggest audience for the league in two years. ABC scored a big win in primetime, even though this year’s series was well below pre-pandemic levels. The Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns — giving the franchise its first NBA title in 50 […]

Milwaukee Bucks Win First NBA Championship in 50 Years

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points — and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again. Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win the series 4-2. It was the third game […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Dominates Wednesday

Game 4 of the NBA Finals scored the series’ biggest audience so far, carrying ABC to an easy ratings win in primetime Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks’ 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns, evening the series at two games apiece, averaged 10.25 million viewers — the first time since 2019 that a Finals game has topped […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Open Ahead of 2020

The NBA Finals opened to a larger TV audience than they did in 2020, continuing the league’s postseason uptick. Ratings for Tuesday’s broadcast, however, are still well behind previous Finals openers. ABC’s telecast of game 1 between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks averaged 8.56 million viewers in final same-day ratings from Nielsen, adjusting up […]

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “Unfortunate” That Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor Were “Pitted Against Each Other”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has weighed in on the ESPN dustup involving two of the sports giant’s on-air NBA reporters and anchors, Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor. On Tuesday, ESPN said that Nichols would not be handling sideline reporting duties for the NBA Finals (instead the job would go to Malika Andrews) but that she […]

ESPN’s Malika Andrews to Replace Rachel Nichols for NBA Finals Coverage

ESPN says that Malika Andrews will be the sideline reporter for its coverage of the NBA Finals, which tip off tonight between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. Andrews will be replacing Rachel Nichols, who has long been ESPN’s primary sideline reporter and was initially slated to serve in that role for this year’s […]