TNT had a rare increase in viewership for the NBA Playoffs Tuesday night.
Game 5 of the Pacers/Heat second round NBA playoff series drew 5.503 million viewers on TNT Tuesday night, up 8% from Hawks/Bulls Game 5 last year (5.100M), but down 18% from Celtics/Cavaliers Game 5 in 2010 (6.737M).
Excluding Games 1 and 4 on broadcast network ABC, Tuesday’s game ranks as the most-viewed game of the Pacers/Heat series.
Of the 34 NBA playoff games on TNT that can be compared to last season, Game 5 was just the twelfth to have an increase. With that said, 24 of the 33 games that can be compared to 2010 have had increases.
(Tuesday’s numbers from TV By the Numbers)