NBA Finals TV viewership in the U.S. 2000-2020

How many people watched the NBA Finals?

The 2020 NBA Finals were watched by an average of 7.5 million viewers in the United States. The championship series was contested between Miami Heat, champions of the Eastern Conference, and the Los Angeles Lakers, winners of the Western Conference. The Lakers emerged victorious in the best-of-seven playoff, marking the franchise’s record-equalling 17th championship. 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 4.0 achieved by the 2020 Finals.

King James on top

The 2020 championship for the Los Angeles Lakers marked the franchise's first NBA Finals win in a decade. The Lakers' victory was in no small part down to the heroics on LeBron James, who picked up the MVP award for his performances in the Finals. This was the fourth time that he had picked up the prestigious award, placing him just behind Michael Jordan in the list of players with the most NBA Finals MVP awards. In fact, LeBron James became the first player to win the award with three different franchises - he won the trophy twice with Miami Heat, once with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before his 2020 triumph with the Lakers. These awards come as no surprise to NBA fans as LeBron always seems to hit another level in the playoffs. The forward made the playoffs for 16 straight seasons from 2004/05 to 2019/20 and leads the way in NBA history with 7,491 points scored in NBA playoff games.

Average TV viewership of NBA Finals games in the United States from 2002 to 2020

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Release date

October 2020


United States

Survey time period

2002 to 2020

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