NBA Playoffs: Heat Clincher Earns 5.3 Overnight

Posted by | May 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The final game of the Heat/Celtics series could not quite match the numbers for Game 4 two nights earlier, which went to overtime.

Miami’s series-clinching Game 5 win over the Celtics drew a 5.3 overnight rating on TNT Wednesday night, down 9% from Game 4 of the series on Monday (5.8). There were no games on the comparable date last year.

Game 5 earned the second-lowest overnight of the series, ahead of only Game 2 (4.5). The first game of the series, which aired on ABC, ended up with the highest overnight (7.0).

The game earned a 20.6 rating in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market and a 15.4 in Boston.

In the second half of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Game 5 between the Grizzlies and Thunder earned a 4.0 overnight, down a tick from Game 4 (4.1). The Thunder’s blowout win earned a 24.0 in Oklahoma City, the highest of the postseason. In Memphis, the game drew a 17.2.

Hawks/Bulls Ratings: Tuesday night, Game 5 between the Hawks and Bulls drew a 3.3 U.S. rating and 5.100 million viewers on TNT, down 22% in ratings and 24% in viewership from last year (BOS/CLE G5: 4.2, 6.737M), and down 3% in both measures compared to 2009 (ORL/BOS G5: 3.4, 5.233M).

The Bulls’ win drew a 16.9 rating in Chicago and an 8.3 in Atlanta.

(Numbers from Turner Sports)