NBA Finals Prove Helpful To ABC In Ratings War

June 11, 2008

The NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers has proven to be extremely helpful for ABC in the ratings war.Washington (ChattahBox) – The NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers has proven to be extremely helpful for ABC in the ratings war.

The first two games of the NBA Finals have proven very popular as the second game of the series was seen by 13.5 million people on Sunday.

This was up from the first game which took place on Thursday night.

Compared to the finals last year between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers, the ratings are up 57%.

The NBA Finals have proven far more popular than the NHL Stanley Cup series as well, which had its two games seen by 6 million people on NBC.

Others who did well were CBS’s Million Dollar Password, which attracted 9.6 million viewers.

CBS ended up winning the week averaging 7.2 million prime-time viewers, Fox came in second with 6.5 million.

ABC was in third with 6.1 million, followed by NBC with 5.7 million.


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2 Responses to “NBA Finals Prove Helpful To ABC In Ratings War”

  1. John Malley on June 12th, 2008 3:18 pm

    The coverage of the NBA finals has to be the worst I’ve seen. As a sports fan who is in his mid 40’s, I’ve grown up on instant replay. There is absolutely NO instant replay. It is mindboggling and frustrating. If ABC wants to produce a story, go back to the old afternoon movie. But if they want to cover A GAME, provide the viewer with instant replay. There have been questionable calls throughout the first 3 games that needed to be re-examined, but instead, the announcers barely acknowledge the calls and move on to talk about their personal views on whatever current issues are surrounding the game itself. I have no problem with the announcers, I can just turn them down. However, when critical plays and critical calls are produced, the viewer deserves to see them INSTANTLY. This has to be a conscious decision on the directors or the producers part and it is beyond absurd that they would not have INSTANT replay.

  2. John Malley on June 12th, 2008 3:20 pm

    The coverage of the NBA finals has to be the worst I’ve seen. As a sports fan who is in his mid 40’s, I’ve grown up on instant replay. There is absolutely NO instant replay. It is mindboggling and frustrating. If ABC wants to produce a story, produce another corny prime time show. But if they want to cover A GAME, provide the viewer with instant replay. There have been questionable calls throughout the first 3 games that needed to be re-examined, but instead, the announcers barely acknowledge the calls and move on to talk about their personal views on whatever current issues are surrounding the game itself. I have no problem with the announcers, I can just turn them down. However, when critical plays and critical calls are produced, the viewer deserves to see them INSTANTLY. This has to be a conscious decision on the directors or the producers part and it is beyond absurd that they would not have INSTANT replay.

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