Warriors-Thunder Game Big Ratings for ABC

ABC broadcasters Mark Jackson, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy.
ABC broadcasters Mark Jackson, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy.

Saturday night’s overtime NBA thriller between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder broadcast on ABC delivered a 3.9 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the highest-rated NBA regular-season game (non-Christmas) across all networks since 2013.

Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry tied an NBA record with 12 three-point shots and also hit the game winner in overtime by launching a three-pointer just inside half court.

Saturday night’s broadcast peaked from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET with a 5.6 rating.

In the San Francisco market, the broadcast generated a 14.9 rating, making it the highest-rated NBA regular-season game (non-Christmas) ever on ABC or ESPN. In Oklahoma City, the game delivered a 14.6 rating, making it the highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ABC or ESPNsince 2014.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC will continue on March 5, when the Chicago Bulls host the Houston Rockets, at 8:30 p.m. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 8 p.m. with Sage Steele, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.