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NBA Finals viewership up 24% from 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 14 million people watched as the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA championship since 2015 by defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their series.

The series that pitted the NBA’s most current dynasty against the one with the most total championships averaged 12.3 million viewers, 24% more than the 2021 series between Milwaukee and Phoenix, the league said. Nielsen company.

As usual, the series grew in viewership as it went along, with the 13.99 million people watching the final game nearly a million more than the audience for any other game, Nielsen said.

Game 1 of hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals between Colorado and Tampa Bay was seen by 4.2 million people last week.

Each of these sporting events was seen on ABC, helping the network dominate the race for weekly ratings. ABC averaged 5 million prime-time viewers last week, CBS averaged 2.8 million, NBC averaged 2.6 million, Fox had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Telemundo had 940,000 and Ion Television had 900,000.

Fox News Channel leads the cable networks with an average of 2.15 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.37 million, HGTV had 927,000, Discovery had 779,000, and TLC had 750,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race with an average of 7.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.4 million viewers and “CBS Evening News” had 4.7 million.

For the week of June 13-19, the top 20 programs in prime time, their networks and audiences:

1. NBA Finals Game 6: Golden State at Boston, ABC, 13.99 million.

2. NBA Finals Game 5: Boston at Golden State, ABC, 13.02 million.

3. “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 6.21 million.

4. “60 minutes”, CBS, 5.58 million.

5. “60 Minutes” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 4.7 million.

6. Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Tampa Bay vs. Colorado, ABC, 4.2 million.

7. “The Price is Right 50th Anniversary”, CBS, 4.02 million.

8. “NBA Countdown” (Thursday), ABC, 4 million.

9. “FBI”, CBS, 3.81 million.

10. Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Tampa Bay at Colorado, ABC, 3.75 million.

11. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 3.68 million.

12. “Stanley Cup Pregame” (Wednesday), ABC, 3.65 million.

13. “NBA Countdown” (Monday), ABC, 3.61 million.

14. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 3.52 million.

15. “NCIS,” CBS, 3.37 million.

16. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Tuesday), Fox News, 3.27 million.

17. “The Neighborhood”, CBS, 3.26 million.

18. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News, 3.2 million.

19. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 3.184 million.

20. “FBI: International,” CBS, 3.176 million.


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