Sunday, June 26, 2022

NBA Finals Ratings (1999-present)

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the last 24 years of NBA Finals, back to 1999. Household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (to 3-decimal places) have been provided for each year; M18-49 ratings have been provided for each year that they were available for. The color-coding works exactly how it works in the World Series post with each metric compared against each other: i.e. all HH ratings are compared, and all 18-49 ratings are compared. The greener the chart, the better the ratings. Note: I've included both the undercount viewership and revised viewership for 2020 and 2021; this post will be updated if/when additional data is located and/or to add older years.

2022 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 2, 2022ABC6.083.634.7711.400
June 5, 2022ABC6.173.714.8311.911
June 8, 2022ABC6.243.654.8311.522
June 10, 2022ABC6.163.644.7512.063
June 13, 2022ABC7.003.995.2713.025
June 16, 2022ABC7.474.325.6313.992
Average6.523.825.0112.319
 
2021 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Undercount
Viewers
(millions)
Revised
Viewers
(millions)
July 6, 2021ABC4.532.863.748.5588.697
July 8, 2021ABC5.143.134.089.3819.590
July 11, 2021ABC4.732.793.629.0199.246
July 14, 2021ABC5.343.474.7410.25510.464
July 17, 2021ABC4.833.053.949.61710.018
July 20, 2021ABC6.614.275.6312.51712.778
Average5.203.264.299.89110.132
 
2020 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Undercount
Viewers
(millions)
Revised
Viewers
(millions)
September 30, 2020ABC4.062.913.97.4137.689
October 2, 2020ABC3.582.423.26.6096.780
October 4, 2020ABC3.142.242.95.9356.076
October 6, 2020ABC4.372.873.97.5407.696
October 9, 2020ABC4.763.214.18.8909.192
October 11, 2020ABC4.173.214.18.2918.590
Average4.012.813.77.4467.671
  
2019 NBA Finals 
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
May 30, 2019ABC7.904.826.613.382
June 2, 2019ABC8.044.816.513.955
June 5, 2019ABC7.824.705.913.348
June 7, 2019ABC7.604.415.513.037
June 10, 2019ABC10.646.718.618.601
June 13, 2019ABC10.746.598.218.764
Average8.795.346.915.181
 
2018 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
May 31, 2018ABC10.06.508.117.354
June 3, 2018ABC10.316.698.318.471
June 6, 2018ABC10.46.468.217.852
June 8, 2018ABC9.35.466.616.242
Average10.06.287.817.480
 
2017 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 1, 2017ABC10.56.98.8318.698
June 4, 2017ABC10.667.18.9719.686
June 7, 2017ABC11.37.29.1720.048
June 9, 2017ABC10.76.88.3919.013
June 12, 2017ABC13.59.011.2724.466
Average11.37.49.3320.382
 
2016 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 2, 2016ABC11.17.39.119.197
June 5, 2016ABC9.86.58.117.489
June 8, 2016ABC9.76.17.716.465
June 10, 2016ABC9.86.07.616.567
June 13, 2016ABC11.87.69.420.528
June 16, 2016ABC11.87.79.520.702
June 19, 2016ABC15.811.313.831.018
Average11.47.59.320.281
 
2015 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 4, 2015ABC10.66.929.017.768
June 7, 2015ABC10.87.49.419.168
June 9, 2015ABC11.17.349.418.773
June 11, 2015ABC11.77.609.619.844
June 14, 2015ABC11.87.69.520.860
June 16, 2015ABC13.48.9211.123.254
Average11.67.69.719.945
 
2014 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 5, 2014ABC9.06.017.814.846
June 8, 2014ABC9.05.967.515.131
June 10, 2014ABC9.05.947.514.775
June 12, 2014ABC9.35.997.614.964
June 15, 2014ABC10.36.798.617.999
Average9.36.147.815.543
 
2013 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 6, 2013ABC8.85.697.414.241
June 9, 2013ABC8.55.827.614.571
June 11, 2013ABC8.55.767.314.045
June 13, 2013ABC10.06.738.516.228
June 16, 2013ABC9.56.328.116.267
June 18, 2013ABC12.38.4810.520.636
June 20, 2013ABC15.310.6213.026.319
Average10.47.068.917.472
 
2012 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 12, 2012ABC9.96.868.816.195
June 14, 2012ABC10.47.109.216.670
June 17, 2012ABC8.86.518.315.549
June 19, 2012ABC10.57.459.517.445
June 21, 2012ABC10.97.639.518.461
Average10.17.119.116.864
 
2011 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
May 31, 2011ABC9.06.508.915.171
June 2, 2011ABC9.36.468.515.522
June 5, 2011ABC9.16.128.215.338
June 7, 2011ABC9.66.748.816.126
June 9, 2011ABC10.87.459.718.318
June 12, 2011ABC13.39.6512.723.880
Average10.27.159.517.393
 
2010 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 3, 2010ABC8.65.697.514.088
June 6, 2010ABC9.26.458.315.718
June 8, 2010ABC9.66.658.615.969
June 10, 2010ABC9.96.628.516.371
June 13, 2010ABC10.87.179.218.654
June 15, 2010ABC10.47.139.117.690
June 17, 2010ABC15.611.4314.028.203
Average10.67.319.318.099
 
2009 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Viewers
(millions)
June 4, 2009ABC7.85.413.042
June 7, 2009ABC8.25.814.061
June 9, 2009ABC8.65.914.196
June 11, 2009ABC9.46.415.957
June 14, 2009ABC8.05.714.171
Average8.45.814.285
 
2008 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 5, 2008ABC8.75.47.113.384
June 8, 2008ABC8.55.57.213.499
June 10, 2008ABC9.26.07.814.509
June 12, 2008ABC8.75.67.113.762
June 15, 2008ABC10.27.39.317.394
June 17, 2008ABC10.76.98.716.879
Average9.36.17.914.905
 
2007 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 7, 2007ABC6.33.75.19.206
June 10, 2007ABC5.63.44.58.551
June 12, 2007ABC6.43.84.99.492
June 14, 2007ABC6.54.05.29.908
Average6.23.74.99.289
 
2006 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 8, 2006ABC7.84.86.511.514
June 11, 2006ABC8.05.36.712.410
June 13, 2006ABC8.05.16.512.246
June 15, 2006ABC7.84.66.111.561
June 18, 2006ABC9.15.97.614.318
June 20, 2006ABC10.16.58.215.710
Average8.55.46.912.960
 
2005 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 9, 2005ABC7.24.45.910.569
June 12, 2005ABC6.94.56.110.662
June 14, 2005ABC7.24.55.810.633
June 16, 2005ABC7.24.45.810.917
June 19, 2005ABC8.45.37.113.091
June 21, 2005ABC8.85.37.113.471
June 23, 2005ABC11.97.69.818.997
Average8.25.16.812.620
 
2004 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 6, 2004ABC9.87.09.015.360
June 8, 2004ABC10.77.09.216.129
June 10, 2004ABC10.57.08.516.219
June 13, 2004ABC12.79.111.520.295
June 15, 2004ABC13.89.411.921.843
Average11.57.910.017.969
 
2003 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 4, 2003ABC6.44.05.19.604
June 6, 2003ABC5.23.34.48.058
June 8, 2003ABC7.04.46.110.756
June 11, 2003ABC6.64.25.99.659
June 13, 2003ABC6.23.85.09.308
June 15, 2003ABC7.55.06.711.570
Average6.54.15.59.826
 
2002 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Viewers
(millions)
June 5, 2002NBC10.66.916.209
June 7, 2002NBC9.15.814.046
June 9, 2002NBC10.26.915.850
June 12, 2002NBC10.87.316.560
Average10.26.715.666
 
2001 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 6, 2001NBC12.48.810.518.577
June 8, 2001NBC11.68.518.719
June 10, 2001NBC12.79.520.280
June 13, 2001NBC12.69.019.972
June 15, 2001NBC11.27.317.356
Average12.18.618.981
 
2000 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 7, 2000NBC10.56.68.315.339
June 9, 2000NBC9.96.414.969
June 11, 2000NBC10.77.316.366
June 14, 2000NBC13.18.218.941
June 16, 2000NBC10.06.715.568
June 19, 2000NBC14.710.022.397
Average11.57.517.263
 
1999 NBA Finals
DateNetHH
Rating
18-49Men
18-49
Viewers
(millions)
June 16, 1999NBC11.57.59.316.57
June 18, 1999NBC9.66.113.98
June 21, 1999NBC12.17.617.01
June 23, 1999NBC12.07.416.76
June 25, 1999NBC11.06.915.53
Average11.27.115.97
 

Source: Nielsen Media Research via Sports Media Watch, ShowBuzzDaily, Programming Insider, The Hollywood Reporter, CBS Press Express, Media Life Magazine, Variety, ABC Press Releases, Television Bureau of Advertising

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