ESPN scored good numbers for the Grizzlies’ series-clinching win over the Spurs Friday night, but could not match last year’s Lakers/Thunder thriller.
Friday’s Spurs/Grizzlies Game 6 drew a 2.7 U.S. rating and 4.220 million viewers on ESPN, down 13% in ratings and viewership from last year (LAL/OKC G6: 3.1, 4.833M), but up 50% and 65%, respectively, from 2009 (ATL/MIA G6: 1.8, 2.553M).
Keep in mind last year’s comparable game aired in a later timeslot (9:30 PM ET, as opposed to 9 PM) and was the second half of a doubleheader.
Spurs/Grizzlies built on its NFL Draft lead-in (1.9, 2.764M) by 42% in ratings and 51% in viewership.
The Grizzlies won Friday’s game to complete only the fourth #8 over #1 upset in NBA playoff history. In 2007, the last time a #8 seed clinched a series victory over a #1, the Warriors’ Game 6 win over the Mavericks drew a 3.4 and 4.827 million viewers on TNT.
(Numbers from TV By the Numbers)