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Heat/Spurs Game 7 draws big ratings for ABC

Jun 21, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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After a slow start, America came around to watching one of the best series finals we have seen in a long time.

Thursday night’s Game 7 drew 26.3 million viewers — the second most ever for an ABC televised game. The only game that had more viewers was Game 7 of the 2010 Finals between the Celtics and Lakers.

Through the first five games this season, viewing numbers were down compared to the Finals in 2012 between the Heat and Thunder. However, that series only went 5 games, so with big crowds watching Games 6 and 7 this year’s series averaged 17.7 million viewers per game up, five percent on average from last season.

Next year conspiracy theorist fans can say it is Adam Silver that has the referees under his thumb and is manipulating series to go seven games for ratings reasons. They will not have David Stern to kick around any more.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Now it feels like
    I don’t have to worry at all
    It’s Finally Forever

    • WatchThis - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I’m glad the Heat won, but man, I wish it was best of 11. That was a good series. Make no mistake. Without Lebron in this, the Finals would not be this popular.

  2. apkyletexas - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    As a big Spurs fan who listens to Bill Schoening call nearly every game on WOAI (the blowtorch) radio in San Antonio, I just want to say I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. From Duncan to Ginobili to Parker to Pop to Green, Neal, Splitter, Leonard, Diaw, Bonner, Mills, McGrady, Joseph – and one of my personal favorites, DeJuan Blair – these guys rose up in 2012-2013. They slammed the door on the evil Laker empire, fought off the AMAZING Warriors (who will be back to struggle with the Thunder for West dominance), and paid back the Grizzlies for their 2011 first round defeat.

    They took the Heat, one of the best teams of this generation, to the very limit. One minor slip-up, one missed Ray Allen 3-pointer, and the Spurs are 5-time champs.

    But I also want to give a world of credit to the Heat, especially Lebron. His game has completely transcended what he was able to do in 2007 when his Cavs were swept by the Spurs. He’s risen above his choke/disappearance tendencies that were exposed just two short years ago by the Mavs. And, he’s finally beaten a worthy opponent – stared down a group of Hall of Famers in the 4th quarter of game 7 in the face and didn’t blink.

    Props to you Lebron – today you’ve finally got what David Stern and Nike and ESPN and the TV bosses could never give you – the pride of overcoming the greatest of challenges. They could call you “like Mike”, or “one of the greatest” as much as they liked – but it wasn’t true until last night. You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to yank it out of the hands of a true great like Duncan.

    And to the City of Miami – you don’t deserve this team. Never have I seen so many playoff games where the home team had a shot in the final minutes, and the fans couldn’t wait to pour out of the arena and into the parking lot. You did it against Indiana. You did it in game 1 and game 6 of the finals against the Spurs. Shame on you. If you buy your ducket and take a seat, sit your ass down till the game is over. The South Beach bars will still be open and serving overpriced drinks if you wait 10 more minutes. Like the Indiana broadcasters said – your team is a bunch of winners, but the fans of Miami are a serious bunch of losers.

    • vincent305 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I’m a MIAMI fan
      Been all my life ,since the days of Roy Sparrow and Pat Cummings

      And few Miami fans leaving the game early doesn’t
      represent the heat nation …..

      Why dont the City of MIAMI deserve the Heat ?
      We paid for it ,well Mickey paid for them….lol

      Sun,Beach ,and women
      It’s a go life in paradise


  3. onbucky96 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I didn’t watch. I have a job that I wake up for by 2am, so game times that cater to the West Coast cause me to ignore the broadcast, and watch the highlights at 2am. Proud to say I watch none of The Finals on ABC.

    • badintent - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      Tape machine. old invention.Throw the porn tape out and throw a blank tape in for the next Finals.

  4. logisticalvoices - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    @onbucky: sorry that the NBA didn’t work around your schedule. As long as you can watch, who cares if the game is on while West Coast folks are still at work, huh?

    • casualcommenter - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Even if the games started at 7 p.m. EST, the games would have gone to around 11:00 p.m. EST, which would have given him under 3 hours to sleep if he’s waking up before 2 a.m..

      In other words, his schedule makes it impossible to watch night-time sporting events, regardless of whether the broadcast time “caters” to the west coast. Even if the NBA had chosen a start time like 7 p.m. that would hurt ratings with everybody on the west coast still at work, he wouldn’t have been able to watch the games – and an early 7 p.m. EST start time would be inconvenient for a lot of East coast viewers who may have long commutes home.

  5. jzone954 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I will remember the ending of games 6 and 7 for a long time……

  6. jadaruler - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I didn’t care much about the Finals, but the series grew on me. I worked nights for 5 out of the 7 games caught the late night replays.

    I know 4 out of the 7 were runaway victories, but those games were well played.

    8 hall of famers (Pop, Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, James, Wade, Bosh, and Allen) and a battle between 2 of the 7 best NBA players in league history.

    When we look back at this series years from now this series will take its place with the other elite Finals.

  7. mrsingh24 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    NBA finals on TNT would draw way more ratings.

  8. andrewproughcfe - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Proud of my Spurs – took the best team in the NBA to the limit. Future looks bright – love what they got from Green, Leonard, Neal and Splitter this year.

    Great job by the Heat – they’ve earned my respect, especially Lebron. This year’s playoffs have been a huge test for him, and he’s faced down a lot of demons. Well done.

  9. db105 - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    Nothing like watching inconsequential score after inconsequential score in an NBA game. Perfect game for simpleminded.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Well, thanks for registering a user name and sharing your opinion. Now, would you kindly blow me?

  10. hojo20 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I wish TNT would do a pregame/postgame show for the Finals.

  11. losanginsight - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Still not bigger than the 2010 Lakeshow. The heat should give rings to D Rose,Deng,Granger,and Rondo. Without them none of this would have been possible.
    Heat Checklist:
    Short season ring√
    Season with 4 major players are out√

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      As a guy at those games, I would argue the 2010 Lakers only won because of the Kendrick Perkins injury. Hate to tell you this, injuries to other teams are part of the game and impact every title.

    • melkipershero - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      MJs first title James Worthy was hurt. In fact the Lakers were without two starters for the final game. Most expected a blowout but LA hung tough. Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

  12. losanginsight - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    That would be true is it was an injury to KG or Rondo Kurt.I was at game 6 and 7 too Kurt. Perkins was use less and still is.
    PJ said that the short season * Ring for the Spurs is tainted.PJ has 11 Kurt,all during normal length seasons. Bulls and Pacers gave the heat all they can handle without D Rose,Deng ,and Granger. Perkins was just a thug for the Celts and and has the same job on the Thunder. D Rose adds a little more to his team than Perkins did.

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