NBA Playoffs: Thunder/Lakers Series Ends With Playoff-High; Spurs/Clippers and Sixers/Celtics Down


The Thunder/Lakers series finished with a series-low on Saturday and a season-high on Monday.

Game 5 of the Lakers/Thunder second round NBA playoff series drew 8.149 million viewers on TNT Monday night, up 46% from Thunder/Grizzlies Game 4 last year (5.592M), and up 60% from Lakers/Jazz Game 4 in 2010 (5.079M).

Monday’s game ranks as the most-viewed of the NBA Playoffs on any network.

In addition, the game stands as the most-viewed first or second round game on cable since Magic/Celtics Game 7 in 2009 (8.382M).

For the night, Game 5 was the highest rated television program (broadcast or cable) in the adults 18-49 demographic (3.7).

Game 4 of the series on Saturday night drew a series-low 6.366 million viewers on TNT, down 22% from Heat/Celtics Game 3 in an earlier window last year (8.202M, ABC), but up 10% from Lakers/Jazz Game 3 in an earlier window two years ago (5.809M, ABC).

In other NBA playoff action, Monday’s Game 5 of the Sixers/Celtics series drew 4.174 million viewers — down 47% from Heat/Celtics Game 4 last year (7.824M), but up 23% from Magic/Hawks Game 4 in 2010 (3.400M).

On Sunday night, Game 4 of the Spurs/Clippers series drew 4.443 million viewers, down 29% from from Bulls/Hawks Game 4 in an earlier window last year (6.260M), and down 3% from Suns/Spurs Game 4 in an earlier window two years ago (4.577M).

(Saturday/Sunday numbers from TV By the Numbers; Monday numbers from TV By the Numbers)