Despite two blowouts, Games 1 and 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals have earned the highest ratings since 1998– Michael Jordan’s final championship.
Golden State won the first two games of the finals at home by an average margin of 20.5, but still accumulated an average of 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers presented by the Nielsen Company on Monday.
Sunday’s 132-113 Golden State victory collected an average of 20.1 million viewers, which was up 13 percent from Game 2 last year. It was also the most for a Game 2 matchup since Chicago and Utah in 1998, which garnered 23.1 million viewers.
The series will continue in Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday. The third-straight finals matchup between the two teams is the first occurrence in NBA history.
Only four teams in NBA history have come back from an 0-2 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Boston was the first to do it against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1969, while Cleveland was the latest (2016) to do so, and became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog