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NBA Finals TV viewership in the U.S. 2000-2019

Average TV viewership of NBA Finals games in the United States from 2002 to 2019 (in millions)

by Christina Gough, last edited Aug 9, 2019
NBA Finals TV viewership in the U.S. 2000-2019

How many people watched the NBA Finals?

The 2019 NBA Finals were watched by an average of 15.14 million viewers in the United States. The championship series was contested between the Toronto Raptors, champions of the Eastern Conference, and the Golden State Warriors, winners of the Western Conference. The Toronto Raptors emerged victorious in the best-of-seven playoff, marking the franchise’s first championship and the first title for a team outside of the United States. The 2015 NBA Finals between The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers achieved the highest TV ratings in recent years. The Finals in that year had an average TV rating on 11.6, in comparison to the rating of 8.8 achieved by the 2019 Finals.
Surprise victory for the Raptors?

The victory of the Toronto Raptors over the Golden State Warriors was seen as a surprise for some - the Warriors came into the series as two-time reigning champions and had appeared in the Finals for the last four years. The Warriors also boasted a significantly higher franchise value than the Raptors, no doubt as a result of their success on the court in the previous years. Moreover, the Warriors roster included some of the biggest names in basketball, including Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, who ranked second and third respectively on the list of highest-paid NBA players. However, roared on by a home crowd which averaged just under 20 thousand in the regular season, the Raptors were able to get the better of the Warriors in the seven-game series, achieving an unassailable 4-2 lead in the sixth game.
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Average TV viewership of NBA Finals games in the United States from 2002 to 2019 (in millions)

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