Basketball fans eager to see LeBron James and his Miami Heat fail on the biggest stage possible, Game 7 of the National Basketball Association Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, went to bed sad Thursday night after the Heat claimed their second consecutive NBA Championship.
While the game may not have satisfied everyone (which is true of any athletic competition), it certainly did draw a ton of people in. ABC has to be happy today, as it has been revealed that the game did the second-highest rating for an NBA game in network history.
Game 7 drew a 17.7 overnight rating, per Nielsen. At its peak, it was doing a 22.6 rating. Whoa. According to Fast National returns, the game did an 8.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. That number will rise as more returns are calculated.
This is good news for ABC, as the first few games in the series were trailing behind where the 2012 NBA Finals ended up. But as the contests became more competitive and had more at stake, more people tuned in.
This is a good sign for the NBA, as last year was the highest-rated NBA Finals in eight years. These numbers put the NBA Finals above all major professional sports championships (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) other than the juggernaut that is the Super Bowl.
Did you catch any of the games? Were you happy with the result? As a native Clevelander, I say bah humbug.