Average TV viewership of NBA Finals games in the United States from 2002 to 2017 (in millions)

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The statistic shows the average TV viewership of NBA Finals games from 2002 to 2017. The games of the 2010 NBA Finals (LA Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics) were watched by an average of 18.14 million viewers.

NBA TV viewership - additional information

The NBA is one of the major sports leagues in the United States, as nearly 22 million people in the U.S. stated that they were very interested in the NBA over the last few years. As of spring 2015, around 58 million people had watched a NBA regular season event on broadcast TV within a period of 12 months. The NBA Finals have, on average, more viewers than the World Series, the MLB’s championship series, and the Stanley Cup games, the NHL championship series. In 2015, nearly 15 million people watched the World Series games in the U.S., whereas 5.6 million people watched the Stanley Cup games.

The games of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 had the highest TV ratings out of all NBA Finals since 2002, registering a peak of 11.6. In terms of viewership, the 2015 NBA Final also had the best performance since 2002, with nearly 20 million viewers in the U.S. This figure is high when compared to the viewership of regular season NBA games – the NBA Christmas Day game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, for instance, had an average of 9.3 million viewers.

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