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NBA finals Game 2 draws biggest ratings since 2004

Jun 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two Getty Images

Through two games, this is shaping up to be an epic NBA finals.

And people are tuning in — for the second straight contest Game 2 drew the largest Game 2 audience since 2004. That is to say, the biggest ratings since the Shaq/Kobe Lakers.

Game 2 drew an overnight rating of 11.8 according to ESPN, which is up 12 percent compared to last year’s Game 2 (Miami vs. Dallas). Through two games the finals overnight ratings average this season is an 11.8, up 11 percent from last year.

Which just goes to show the NBA is a star-driven league — Miami is a midsized market and OKC is small (45th biggest television market in the nation), but the stars are big and drawing in viewers.

Game 2 drew a massive 44.4 rating in Oklahoma City, the biggest rating ever for an NBA game in that city. Miami drew an impressive 30.3.

The way both of these games have had dramatic finishes, Game 3 Sunday night in Miami could see even bigger numbers. If, really when, this series gets to Game 6 and 7 it could be the biggest ratings since the Jordan era.

  1. rajbais - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    That’s fine and all, but the ratings and quality of display will never match the days of The NBA on NBC!!!!

    The theme music, announcers, and decision to put more games on broadcast TV than cable!!!!

    The NFL will ALWAYS be the TV ratings king because it’s NOT always on cable!!! Not everyone owns cable, but the NBA doesn’t need to overstock games on non-cable networks!!!

    My advice: get one more or a better non-cable network like FOX where the lead play-by-play guy can be the great and excitable Gus Johnson or CBS where Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan can do what Gus can do!!!!

    I’m sorry, but general and popular opinion states that the NBA on TNT is better!!! Yes, it’s mainly because of Charles Barkley, but their games’ picture quality and announcing are much better than ESPN/ABC.

    This is the NBA’s new prime mark and it’s time to strike rich when the product is as hot as it could ever be!!!

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Stern is making sure his “officials” make this a 6 or 7 game series. $$$$$

    • ceschatz - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM


      How does it feel to live your life with such a bitter attitude over one little basketball game? Do you even realize how stupid you make yourself look when you post such nonsense? These are the 2 best teams in the NBA battling it out, did you honestly think it was going to be a sweep in OKC’s favor? You really can’t admit the amount of talent on Miami? You have a 3 time MVP up against a 3 time scoring leader and all you can do, instead of enjoying an amazing match-up in the Finals, is pitch your retarded conspircy theories? Wow, you must be a real thrill to be around.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Neither you nor Stern should under-estimate the amount of distrust, fueled by the proof that at least one NBA official has actively altered the outcome of games.

        The recent VERY questionable calls, technicals, and non-calls that everyone has seen have – justly or unjustly – suggested to many that Stern very much wanted to see a long series and high ratings and either he or the officials were active participants. The latest speculation that he rigged the lottery (which I don’t believe) illustrates the extent of this distrust.

        But things like that happen when NBA officials do jail time for point shaving and the commissioner acts like it’s really no big thing and has absolutely no mechanism for accountability of the officials as far as the fans can tell.

    • duane888 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      I can’t agree with that statement for this series. The ref’s are letting both teams play with plenty of contact and only calling obvious fouls.

      But the Boston/Miami series i felt the league definately wanted that series stretched out.

    • gmsingh - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Exactly–as I stated in another post, you only have to look at one metric: trips to the foul line. That tells the whole tale, and probably has for the last 2 years of the Heat being in the playoffs.

      • gmsingh - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Clarification: “exactly’ refers to Cantonbound’s original post.

      • ceschatz - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        OKC had more trips to the foul line in both game 1 & 2. How does that fit your conspiracy theory logic?

      • gmsingh - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I said if the Heat has more trips to the foul line OR if they’re jsut about even the foul calling is favoring the Heat. Why is this so difficult for you to grasp?

  3. gmen4life33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    $$$$$$ Yay, Lebron in the Finals every year!

    • ceschatz - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      With his amount of talent, that is definitely a possibility.

  4. rodge1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Some idiots actually think it’s a rigged game yet continue watching, read about it, and then post comments about the stories. So sad!

    • gmsingh - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      That’s sad? And what are your thoughts on breast cancer awareness?


  5. ceschatz - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    That has got to be the dumbest theory I have seen on here.

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