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Cleveland Cavaliers Title-Clinching Game 7 Is Highest-Rated NBA Game Ever on ABC

NBA Finals closeout game scores an 18.9 overnight rating

Last night’s NBA Finals Game 7 was the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC, per early Nielsen numbers.

The landmark Cleveland Cavaliers championship victory averaged a big 18.9 overnight rating, per the 56 metered markets.

That preliminary number marks the highest-rated sports telecast on ABC or ESPN in a decade, and was up seven percent from the most recent NBA Finals Game 7 — Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs in 2013 — which drew a 17.7 overnight rating.

The previous highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC was Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010, which drew an 18.2 overnight rating.

Sunday’s instant-classic contest peaked with a 25.5 overnight rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET. The Cavs triumph marked the first professional sports championship for the city of Cleveland in 52 years.

Game 7┬ádelivered a 46.3 in the Cleveland market, making it the second-highest rated NBA game ever in the market. In San Francisco, near┬áthe Golden State Warriors’ hometown of Oakland, the game generated a 39.4 rating, which also ranks second all-time for an NBA game.

The Finals-clincher was also the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN, with 96.3 million total minutes streamed.

The app earned 1.8 million unique viewers, with an average audience minute of 598,000. That’s the most for a non-World Cup event ever on WatchESPN.

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