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Finals Game 7 Draws High Viewership

June 20, 2016

 

Game 7 between the Cavs and Warriors has drawn the highest television rating for the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship.

 

Cleveland's tense 93-89 win Sunday night to capture the city's first title in more than a half-century averaged a 15.7 rating and nearly 30.8 million viewers on ABC. ESPN said Monday that both numbers are the best since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Jordan's Bulls clinched their sixth ring.

 

An additional 598,000 viewers streamed the game on WatchESPN.

 

Viewership peaked with more than 44.5 million viewers and a 22.5 rating as the Cavs wrapped up the championship.

 

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program. The game earned a 46.3 rating in the Cleveland area.

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