Sunday’s NBA Finals Game 7 drew an 18.9 overnight rating, according to Nielsen, good for the highest rated NBA game ever on ABC, and the highest rated sports telecast on ABC or ESPN since 2006. The previous ratings record was Game 7 between Los Angeles and Boston in 2010, at 18.2.
The telecast peaked at a 25.5 rating from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m., and the game was the most watched NBA contest on WatchESPN, with 96 million total minutes streamed.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the game, and the title, versus the Golden State Warriors. The game did a 46.3 in the Cleveland market and a 39.4 rating in San Francisco.