NBA Finals on ABC highest rated since Jordan era (through two games)


NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals is off and running with its best ratings through two games since the Chicago Bulls’ last championship in 1998. Now ABC has to hope the Cleveland Cavaliers can make it competitive.

The first two games, both won by the Golden State Warriors, averaged 19.2 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. The interest in championship series usually increase if they are evenly-matched, so if the Cavs can take a few games ABC would be in great shape.

Unfortunately for the network, the Warriors haven’t lost in the playoffs yet.

Basketball led ABC, which averaged 6.8 million viewers, to a weekly victory in prime time.