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Just Under 31-Million Viewers for Game 7 of the ‘NBA Finals’

Highest Rated 'NBA Finals' Telecast in 18 Years!

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory on game seven of the NBA Finals on Sunday scored a mammoth 30.8 million viewers from 8-10:40 p.m. ET, according to the True Fast Nationals. Comparably, this stands as television’s most-watched telecast overall since the “2016 Academy Awards” (on Feb. 28, 2016) and the top-rated among adults 18-49 (11.2 rating) since CBS’ Super Bowl 50 (on Feb. 7, 2016). It was also the highest rated since 1998 (when the Bulls-Jazz competed on June 14, 1998). Results in adults 25-54 and adults 18-34 were 1n 11.7 rating and a 10.7 rating, respectively.

Sunday’s “NBA Finals” telecast increased from the most recent game seven telecast (Miami-San Antonio on June 20, 2013) by 17 percent in total viewers and six percent in adults 18-49.

As a series, the “2016 NBA Finals” drew an average audience of 20.2 million viewers, making it the most watched ever on ABC.