NBA Finals Game 1 draws lowest TV rating in history | Inquirer Sports
Close  

NBA Finals Game 1 draws lowest TV rating in history

/ 02:24 PM October 02, 2020
NBA FInals Los Angeles Lakers

FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrates with forward LeBron James (23) after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite featuring the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and having two major-market teams playing in the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night drew record-low TV ratings.

The game — a 116-98 Lakers win — drew 7.41 million viewers to ABC, according to overnight ratings. The previous low was 8.06 million viewers for Game 3 of the 2003 NBA Finals between the New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

ADVERTISEMENT

The number is also a 45 percent drop compared to the audience for last year’s Finals opener between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

On the plus side, the ABC broadcast still led all shows in total viewers, and drew the same rating among 18-49-year-olds that it drew for the Oscars.

FEATURED STORIES

As for the night’s big winner, Week 2 of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was up double-digit percentage points from Week 1’s ratings, both overall and among adults 18-49. The raw audience number for “The Masked Singer” wasn’t too far behind the Finals, at 6.93 million.

The numbers come two weeks after MoffettNathanson Research found that overall TV viewership was down 26 percent year over year in August and down 27.1 percent through the first half of September.

The Stanley Cup Finals were down more than 60 percent, as well, this year.

Game 2 will be played Friday night, from the NBA’s bubble near Orlando. Field Level Media

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Anthony Davis, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Finals, Sports
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.