ABC generated its highest-rated primetime NBA Conference Semifinals game broadcast since 2011 on Saturday, according to Nielsen. ABC’s coverage of the Houston Rockets victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals series was up 20 percent from last year’s comparable window. It averaged a 5.5 metered market rating and peaked with a 7.3 rating from 11-11:15 p.m. ET.
In the San Francisco-Oakland market, the broadcast delivered an 18.2 rating, while in the Houston market, the telecast delivered an 11.8 rating.
Through six games, ESPN and ABC’s NBA Conference Semifinals coverage is averaging a 4.1 metered market rating, up 21 percent from last season.
It was ESPN’s second consecutive night of posting significant ratings increases for its NBA Playoffs coverage. For more information on Friday’s games, visit ESPN Press Room.
ABC’s coverage of the 2019 NBA Playoffs continues today, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Mark Jones, analyst and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez will provide commentary. NBA Countdown precedes the game at 3 p.m. on ABC with host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Paul Pierce.
ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the 2019 NBA Conference Semifinals is up 19 percent from last season in metered market ratings, according to Nielsen. Through five games, ESPN and ABC are averaging a 3.8 metered market rating.
ESPN’s coverage of Friday’s historic quadruple overtime game, in which the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 140-37, generated a 3.0 metered market rating, up 11 percent from last year’s comparable game – Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz – that generated a 2.7 rating. Friday’s Portland vs. Denver game telecast rating held strong at a 3.1 rating for all three quarter hours between 1:30 – 2:15 a.m. ET. The telecast averaged a 16.8 rating in the Portland market and an 8.1 rating in the Denver market. The game was called by Dave Pasch, analyst Doris Burke and reporter Tom Rinaldi.
Overall, Friday’s doubleheader was up seven percent in metered market ratings compared to last year, averaging a 3.2 rating. ESPN’s coverage of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics game, which saw the Bucks take a 2-1 series lead, drew a 3.4 metered market rating, up three percent from a 3.3 for last year’s Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans game. It is now ESPN’s highest-rated game of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. It peaked with a 4.2 rating in the final quarter hour. The telecast generated an 11.9 rating in the Milwaukee market and a 10.3 rating in the Boston market.
Coverage of the 2019 NBA Playoffs continues Saturday on ABC as the Golden State Warriors visit the Houston Rockets at 8:30 p.m. with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Lisa Salters providing commentary. ABC will also broadcast Sunday’s Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers Game 4 at 3:30 p.m. with Mark Jones, Hubie Brown and Israel Gutierrez on the call.