The NBA Finals continue to draw solid ratings for ABC, yet they're still down from previous years. Sunday's Game 5 picked up an 11.4 overnight rating, which was down 10% from Game 5 of the Finals in both 2012 (Heat-Thunder) and 2011 (Heat-Mavericks), both of which drew a 12.6 overnight. It's also the lowest rating for a Game 5 since 2009's Lakers-Magic matchup, which drew a 9.4 overnight.
Locally, the ratings are also down from prior years. Game 5 in San Antonio drew a 37.6 rating, which is down 16% from Game 5 of 2005's Spurs-Pistons series (45.0 overnight), and down 13% from the series-high of 43.7 in Game 4. In Miami, the game drew a rather low 28.8 rating, the lowest thusfar of the series and down 29% from the Game 5 clincher last year (40.3) and down 12% from Game 5 in 2011 (32.7).
Father's Day could be blamed for the low ratings, though the final round of the US Open was only down single digits from last year and was up 20% from 2011. The stigma of "boring team" is still firmly affixed to the Spurs, and the blowouts that have taken place in four of the final five games of the series aren't too much to draw in casual fans. However, the disappointing performance by the NBA Finals this year is something that any other major sport aside from the NFL would graciously take.
There are three other sporting events going on right now that I would rather watch over the NBA Finals. Even though baseball is my favorite sport the first is the Stanley Cup Finals. The 2nd is the College World Series. Then the last being MLB. The NBA is boring. Only one game has been close in the first five. Sorry that's not entertaining. Plus there is too much one on one in the NBA. There isn't enough team basketball.
Game 2 & 5 should have been schedule for an earlier time. It's Sunday! Why should we have to wait all day for this game?
Cause this series is tedious to watch. You don't know which team for either team will "show up". Watch the Stanley Cup Finals, folks, you'll be glad you did.
@NYCKING718212 Only thy are not.. Compare last years world series where the average was 14.7. .. but shocker.. baseball hater dosent have his facts straight.