The 2016 NBA Finals is the second-most watched ever on ABC through six games, averaging 18,515,000 viewers , according to Nielsen.
Thursday night’s Game 6 contest — where the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 115-101 to even the series 3-3 – generated 20,702,000 average viewers, peaking with 25,254,000 viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.
NBA Finals Game 6 on ABC won the night across all of television for the 54th consecutive time.
Thursday’s NBA Finals Game 6 was the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN across metrics. It generated a record 1.3 million unique viewers, an average minute audience of 391,800 viewers and approximately 68.6 million total minutes streamed.
For additional information on metered market ratings, please visit ESPN Media Zone for today’s earlier press release.
NBA Finals Game 7 coverage on ABC
The 2016 NBA Finals will continue with the winner-take-all Game 7, this Sunday, June 19, at 8 p.m. ET (coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.). The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and unanimous Kia M.V.P. Steph Curry will host the Cleveland Cavaliers and two-time NBA Champion LeBron James.
The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast team – Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jacksonand Doris Burke – will provide commentary. NBA Countdown precedes the game on ABC at 7:30 p.m. with Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose and guest analyst Paul Pierce. This marks the fourth NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC.
NBA Finals Game 7 is also available on ESPN Radio (Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein), ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. SportsCenter will air live on ESPN from 6-7:30 p.m., leading into ABC’s NBA Finals coverage.