Cavaliers Vs. Warriors Finals Rematch Lifts ABC Christmas Day NBA Ratings

After a singular tripleheader on ABC-ESPN final Christmas Day, when dual games migrated from ESPN to TNT, a Disney networks reverted to their unchanging line-up of 5 basketball games, with rating adult +9% from final year’s three-game average.

The motorist was a marquee match-up on ABC between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, a rematch of a many watched NBA Finals in ABC history. The 5 PM game, headlined by NBA stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry, drew a 6.7 overnight rating, adult 22% from the corresponding 2014 diversion between a Cavaliers and Miami Heat, to turn the highest-rated Christmas Day NBA diversion given 2010 and a third-highest-rated NBA unchanging deteriorate diversion given 1999. The diversion posted a regular-season annals in both a Cleveland (21.2 rating) and San Francisco (16.0) markets and logged 11 million sum mins streamed on WatchESPN.

The earlier, 2:30 PM ABC diversion between a Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder, posted a 4.0 overnight rating to compare a allied 2014 diversion (Thunder-Spurs). Overall, a NBA doubleheader on ABC averaged a 5.5 overnight rating, adult 15% from 2014 and a highest-rated ABC doubleheader on Christmas Day given 2012.

ESPN’s tripleheader featured New Orleans Pelicans during Miami Heat at 12 PM (2.3 overnight rating, adult +10% from 2014’s Knicks-Wizards), San Antonio Spurs during Houston Rockets at 8 PM (2.5) and Los Angeles Clippers during Los Angeles Lakers, featuring a 16th and final Christmas Day display of timid Lakes luminary Kobe Bryant, at 10:30 PM (2.2).

The NBA on ESPN primetime doubleheader averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, relating 2013 as a highest-rated ChristmasDay primetime doubleheader ever on ESPN. The tripleheader, that also averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, matched 2013 as a highest-rated Christmas Day tripleheader ever on ESPN.