The TV Ratings Are In From Game 3 Of The NBA Finals. They’re HUGE!

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

ABC can rest easy because the ratings for game three of the NBA finals were huge Wednesday night.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the following on game three between the Cavaliers and Warriors:

Early ratings continued to hold steady with 2017, though the total viewership is falling somewhat shy of the widely-watched five-game run. Wednesday’s game looks likely to be in the same scenario, with an overnight 12.7 rating among metered market households. That’s off only 5 percent from the comparable game one year ago, one that ultimately nabbed 20.1 million viewers for ABC.

The early score also has the game dead even with Sunday’s Game 2 performance, once that ultimately translated to 18.5 million viewers. Across the first two games, the 2018 NBA Finals averaged just shy of 18 million viewers.

Well, the Cavaliers might be getting run off the floor, but at least the NBA and ABC are winning big. I’m actually a bit surprised the ratings are doing this well.

Everybody knows that the Cavs are going to lose. That isn’t even a debate. It’s simply a fact. An unpleasant fact for Cleveland fans, but a fact nonetheless. (SLIDESHOW: THESE GORGEOUS WOMEN LOVE BASKETBALL)


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I’m also a little bit surprised that the ratings are holding steady after four years of the same matchup. It’s actually a bit exhausting, but I guess people will always find LeBron entertaining. Having nearly 20 million people tune is no joke at all.

It will be fascinating to see if game four also draws strong ratings, given the fact this series is absolutely over.

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