The Golden State Warriors weren’t the only winners Thursday. ABC received a 12.9 overnight rating for Game 1, its highest for an NBA Finals opener, according to Nielsen. The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-100, in a game that was close throughout the second half and ended when the Cavaliers went dry, scoring only two points in overtime. The game peaked with a 15.6 rating for a 15-minute time period congruent with the start of overtime and late in regulation. The broadcast was up 24 percent from last year’s Finals opener between Miami and San Antonio.
Los Angeles Times
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