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The NBA Finals are still drawing really high ratings

Jun 6, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three Getty Images

It’s been true since day 1 of the season, and it’s still true through the Finals: a lot of people are tuning in to watch the Heat play basketball.

According to a press release distributed by ESPN and ABC, the Finals are averaging 15.3 million viewers through three games, which is the highest average number of viewers per game since Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton fell to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Finals.

Considering that most of America still does not know who Dirk Nowitzki is, most of the credit for these huge ratings has to go to the Heat, who have been attracting eyeballs all year long. With a lockout looming, these huge ratings have to be seen as a good sign for people who want to see all 82 games played next season, whether they’re watching the Heat hoping to see them win or hoping to see them fall flat on their faces.



  1. thesaint23 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    if the heat wins will lebum “the queen” james invite his mother & donte west to the championship celebration.

    unlike jordan who carried and willed chicago to 6 championships – the queen could not win a championship in cleveland so he flew the nest and landed in a place where there are 3 stars.

    legacy builder – NO

    ratings winner – yes

    God Bless George W Bush

    • datkiidjc - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:47 AM

      you sound like a hater and need to hop off stop living in the 90s and deal with it your from NO your gona lose chris paul so you try and hate on everything else hornets fans are gona be the next fans in NO to wear bags over there heads

  2. rodge1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Really? Jordan “willed” 6 championships? Didn’t realize Jordan was a magician who could will a championship. I always thought he had some good teammates that helped. Nobody blasted Barkley for leaving Philly or Malone leaving Utah. Maybe they should have attended Jordan’s magical school of “willing” and they could have stayed with their respective teams…

  3. redbear18 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Nobody blasted Malone for leaving utah because his career was pretty much over. Stockton retired the year before, splitting up one of the greatest duos in basketball. Malone knew the jazz wouldn’t be contending for the title in his last year in the league. He discussed this with Utah’s front office, and they agreed it was better for both of them. Malone got to go to a place where he believed he had the best chance to win a ring, and Utah got his salary out of the way and went immediately into rebuilding mode. PS, Malone played one year for Los Angeles, getting paid less than the paycut Lebron took to play with Miami. Malone was a legend, and is second all-time in scoring, and Lebron may be the best player in the league right now, but he isn’t averaging numbers even close to The Mailman’s.

    • secdominance - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      Malone’s career averages: 25 Points Per Game 10.1 Rebounds 3.6 Assists
      LeBron’s career averages: 25 Points Per Game 8.5 Rebounds 5.6 Assists

      Yeah, not even close to the Mailman’s averages.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        Secdominance, although I like your backing of LeBron, you’re mistaken on his career stats.

        They’re actually 27.7 ppg, 7 rpg/apg

        I’d say actually better than Malone’s career averages :)

      • almzor - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

        Call us back when LeBron has those averages into his late 30’s.

  4. rajbais - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    You see NBA, David Stern you don’t need a lockout!!!

  5. rodge1 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Redbear, dress it up all you want but he left his team and took a paycut for his best shot at a title. Wow, sounds familiar

  6. datkiidjc - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    what about kareem in the 70s ?? he didnt leave Milwaukee to go play with L.A ?? Magic,Worthy,Kareem ??

  7. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM


    still drawing ratings?

    When did they NOT draw ratings….

    I dont know what the heck anyone else would be watching during the week that would be more entertaining then any NBA Finals…ITS THE FINALS – YOU GOTTA WATCH

    • secdominance - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      they didn’t draw ratings during them Spurs titles. I remember that Spurs-Nets series doing awful ratings

  8. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    ur right about that year… those are 2 tough teams to market to the casual basketball fan…

    it was still a competitive series but no one seemed to really care…

  9. rodge1 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Almzor says,
    “Call us back when LeBron has those averages into his late 30′s.”

    The haters are hillarious! Now they’re arguing about Lebron’s stats in 10 years! Keep up the irrelevant arguments haters!!

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