Highest-Rated NBA Finals Game 1 Ever on ABC: 12.9 Overnight Rating
· Up 24 Percent From Last Year; Broadcast Peaked with 15.6 Rating
· NBA Finals Expected to Win the Night for 43rd Consecutive Time
Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in an overtime thriller, delivered a 12.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 ever on ABC, according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked with a 15.6 from 11:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET.
NBA Finals Game 1 was also up 24 percent from a 10.4 for last year's Game 1 (Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs).
It is expected that the NBA Finals will win the night across television for the 43rd consecutive time.
Record local numbers
Game 1 on ABC delivered a 41.4 rating in the Cleveland market and a 28.9 in the San Francisco market. Both are the highest-rated NBA games on ABC ever in the respective markets. Top 10 local markets:
San Francisco 28.9
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 16.2
Additionally, NBA Countdown - ABC's NBA Finals pre-game show - generated a 4.6 overnight rating, which is up 18 percent from 3.9 for the corresponding show leading into Game 1 in 2014.
The NBA Finals will continue with Game Two on ABC this Sunday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 7:30 p.m. For more details on ABC's and ESPN's NBA Finals coverage, visit ESPN Media Zone.