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2017 NBA Finals On ABC: Most-Watched Since 1998

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Most-Watched NBA Finals Game 5 Since 1998: Total Live Audience of 25 Million Viewers

The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 to win the NBA Championship – was the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998, according to Nielsen. The five-game series averaged a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 20,840,000 average viewers, up from 20,578,000 viewers for last year’s seven-game series. On television, the series averaged 20,406,000 plus an average minute streaming audience of 434,000 viewers.

Monday’s Game 5 broadcast on ABC generated a total live audience of more than 25,003,000 average viewers, making it the most-watched Game 5 since 1998. It peaked with 29,525,000 viewers at 11:30 p.m. ET. Last night’s broadcast was up 20 percent from 20,908,000 for Game 5 in 2016. Last night’s audience included 24,466,000 average viewers (P2+) and an average minute streaming audience of 537,000 viewers.

The NBA Finals on ABC won the night across all of television for the 60th consecutive time. For additional streaming information and local market ratings, please visit ESPN Media Zone to access today’s earlier press release.

ESPN will exclusively televise the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm on Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ET.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com. On Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com. On Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN