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Ratings for Game 2 of NBA Finals down slightly

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a dunk against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Ratings for ABC’s broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals were down slightly from last year. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a dunk against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Ratings for ABC’s broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals were down slightly from last year. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

NEW YORK – Ratings for ABC’s broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals were down slightly from last year.

Game 2 between Golden State and Cleveland drew a peak audience of 22.5 million viewers and averaged 18.5 million. ESPN said Monday it was still the third-largest Game 2 audience since 2001.

The Warriors’ 122-103 rout Sunday also drew 7 percent more viewers than their Game 1 victory, even though that game was close the whole way before Golden State won in overtime.


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