ABC, ESPN and TNT averaged 5.47 million viewers per game during the NBA playoffs, the most-watched playoffs in five years, the networks announced Tuesday.
As for the NBA Finals, ABC brought in an average of 11.64 million viewers -- a decrease from 2022, when a six-game series between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics averaged 12.402 million.
Game 5 averaged 13.084 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That was a four-year high, slightly beating out than last year's NBA Finals Game 5 between the Warriors and Celtics (13.016 million).
Though Denver and Miami are large markets with teams in all four major North Americans sports leagues, some skeptics believed a Nuggets-Heat series would not garner as much interest as a potential matchup between the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, historic rivals who each lost in their respective conference finals
Denver led the nation with an average household rating of 21.55 for the length of the series, according to the blog Sports TV Ratings.
--Field Level Media