or


[12/26/16 - 07:24 AM]
NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Matches Highest-Rated Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, December 25.

[via press release from ESPN]

NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Matches Highest-Rated Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window

Cavaliers' Thrilling Victory over the Warriors Generates a 5.9 Overnight Rating, Peaked with a 6.8 at 5 p.m.

Most-Streamed NBA Christmas Game Ever with 14.8 Million Total Minutes

The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 109-108 after a thrilling fourth quarter comeback, delivered a strong 5.9 overnight rating, matching the highest-rated Christmas NBA game in 12 years on ABC in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The New York Knicks-Los Angeles Lakers matchup in 2012 also generated a 5.9 overnight rating.

According to Nielsen, the broadcast peaked with a 6.8 at 5 p.m. The game drew its four best quarter hours between 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Additionally, the broadcast was up 44 percent compared to the same window last year when the Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game drew a 4.1.

Streaming record

The Cavaliers-Warriors showdown was the most-streamed NBA Christmas game ever. It generated 14.8 million total minutes, 359,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 87,000.

Top local TV markets
Market Rating
Cleveland 18.4
San Francisco 15.1
Memphis 9.6
Las Vegas 9.4
Columbus 9.0

Celtics-Knicks Up on ESPN

In addition, the Boston Celtics' victory over the New York Knicks in the 12 p.m. (noon) window on ESPN delivered a 2.4 overnight rating, up four percent from last year. It's the highest-rated ESPN noon window on Christmas since 2012.

NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Delivers Most-Watched Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window: 10.1 Million Total Average Viewers

Audience Peaks with 11.8 Million in Late Fourth Quarter

ESPN's Most-Streamed NBA Christmas Day Ever, 44.3 Million Total Minutes Across Five Games

The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in a 109-108 thriller, delivered a total live audience of 10,163,000 average viewers (ABC + streaming), making it ABC's most-watched Christmas NBA broadcast in 12 years in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The broadcast peaked with 11,800,000 average viewers (p2+) from 5-5:15 p.m., according to Nielsen.

The total live audience for the NBA Finals rematch was up 73 percent from 5,880,000 viewers for last year's Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup. Sunday's broadcast delivered 10,077,000 average viewers (p2+) on ABC and it drew an average minute streaming audience of 87,000 viewers, 359,000 unique viewers and 14.8 million total minutes streamed. The Cavaliers-Warriors broadcast is the fifth-most watched regular-season NBA game in ABC history.

ESPN's Most-streamed NBA Christmas Ever

Sunday's five-game slate, driven by the Cavaliers vs. Warriors showdown, propelled ESPN to its most-streamed NBA Christmas Day ever. The NBA games generated 44.3 million total streaming minutes, 197,000 average unique viewers and an average minute audience of 54,000, which is up 33 percent from 33.5 million, nine percent from 180,000, and 29 percent from 42,000, respectively, from last year.

Most-watched ESPN 12 p.m. Christmas game since 2012

The Boston Celtics' victory over the New York Knicks was the most-watched Christmas NBA game on ESPN in the 12 p.m. telecast window since 2012. The telecast drew 3,748,000 total live viewers (ESPN + streaming), which is up 17 percent from 3,208,000 viewers for last year's Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans matchup in the same window. The telecast averaged 3,687,000 viewers (p2+), peaking with 4,604,000 viewers from 2-2:30 p.m., on ESPN and an additional average minute streaming audience of 61,000.





  [december 2016]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





most recent ratings | view all posts
[01/17/20 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Wins Tight Demo Race; CBS Tops Total Viewers
The Eye's "Young Sheldon" is the top program in both categories last night.

[01/16/20 - 01:34 PM]
Paramount Network's "68 Whiskey" is #1 Cable Drama Premiere of the Season Among M25-54 and M18-49
Paramount Network spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 15.

[01/16/20 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Chicago" Dramas Top Charts for NBC
The Peacock network takes home top honors in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/15/20 - 08:15 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC's "Jeopardy!" Finale Tops Viewers, Demos
For the night, NBC is the top draw among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster.

[01/14/20 - 01:00 PM]
College Football Playoff National Championship Scores More than 25.5 Million Viewers, Up from Last Year
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, January 13.

[01/14/20 - 08:19 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelor" Tops Demos for ABC
The Alphabet leads all broadcast networks among adults 18-49 last night.

[01/13/20 - 09:06 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Surges with NFL Playoffs
The Seahawks/Packers showdown puts the network on top in all categories.

[01/12/20 - 01:54 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: Titans/Ravens Shocker Puts CBS on Top
The Eye dominates the evening in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/11/20 - 08:16 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "WWE SmackDown" Pulls FOX Back in Front
FOX wins the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster.

[01/10/20 - 12:14 PM]
"My Lottery Dream Home" Delivers Strong Performance For HGTV on Friday, Jan. 3
HGTV further spins the numbers for Friday, January 3.

[01/10/20 - 11:05 AM]
HGTV's "Christina on the Coast" Delivered Its Highest-Rated Episode on Jan. 2
HGTV further spins the numbers for Thursday, January 2.

[01/10/20 - 09:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Jeopardy!" Continues Its Reign for ABC
Night three helps wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/09/20 - 08:15 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Jeopardy!" Sparks Another ABC Victory
The Alphabet takes home the adults 18-49 crown with night two of its game show stunt.

[01/08/20 - 09:25 AM]
Science Channel Matches Its Best Year Ever in 2019 in Key Demos
Science Channel further spins the numbers for the year to date.

[01/08/20 - 08:12 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Jeopardy!" Stunt Opens Big for ABC
The Alphabet takes home the top spot in total viewers and adults 18-49.