2013 NBA Playoffs Wrap: TV Ratings For Every Game

Posted by | June 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Ratings and viewership for every game of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Click here to jump straight to the chart.

As should be no surprise, the top game of the NBA Playoffs was Game 7 of the Spurs/Heat NBA Finals. Game 7 earned a 15.3 final rating and 26.3 million viewers on ABC alone (an additional 269,000 viewers watched on ESPN Deportes), the second-largest audience for any NBA game since 1998.

Game 6 of the series ranked second for the postseason, with a 12.3 and 20.6 million viewers — the seventh-largest NBA audience since ’98.

Overall, eighteen of the 20 most-viewed playoff games involved the Miami Heat, including the top sixteen. Even Game 4 of the Heat/Bucks first round yawner had more viewers than any non-Heat playoff game.

TNT’s top game of the postseason was Game 7 of the Heat/Pacers Eastern Conference Finals (7.1, 11.6M), which ranks as the most-viewed NBA game ever on the network. The top game on ESPN was Game 3 of the Heat/Bulls second round series (4.2, 6.6M). The top game on NBA TV was Game 2 of the Heat/Bucks first round series (0.5, 764K).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the lowest rating of the playoffs was a 0.1 for Games 2, 4 and 5 of the Pacers/Hawks first round series on NBA TV. Excluding NBA TV, the lowest rating was a 0.4 for Game 6 of Pacers/Hawks on ESPN2. The Pacers/Hawks series accounted for the lowest rated games of the playoffs on NBA TV, ESPN2 and ESPN, and tied the lowest rating of the playoffs on TNT — matching a Heat/Bucks game that aired opposite the first round of the NFL Draft.

Ratings/Viewership For the 2013 NBA Playoffs

Click here to jump to series:
First Round: MIA-MIL, NY-BOS, IND-ATL, BRK-CHI, OKC-HOU, SA-LAL, DEN-GS, LAC-MEM
Second Round: MIA-CHI, NY-IND, OKC-MEM, SA-GS
Conf. Finals: MIA-IND, SA-MEM
NBA Finals: MIA-SA

First Round

First Round: #1 Heat vs. #8 Bucks [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 4/21/13 7:00 PM Bucks Heat TNT
3.0
4.9M
Game 2
Tue., 4/23/13 7:30 PM Bucks Heat NBA TV
0.5
764K
Game 3
Thu., 4/25/13 7:00 PM Heat Bucks TNT
1.5
2.1M
Game 4
Sun., 4/28/13 3:30 PM Heat Bucks ABC
3.8
6.0M

First Round: #2 Knicks vs. #7 Celtics [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sat., 4/20/13 3:00 PM Celtics Knicks ABC
2.9
4.4M
Game 2
Tue., 4/23/13 8:00 PM Celtics Knicks TNT
2.3
3.4M
Game 3
Fri., 4/26/13 8:00 PM Knicks Celtics ESPN
1.9
2.9M
Game 4
Sun., 4/28/13 1:00 PM Knicks Celtics ABC
3.3
4.9M
Game 5
Wed., 5/1/13 7:00 PM Celtics Knicks TNT
2.3
3.5M
Game 6
Fri., 5/3/13 7:00 PM Knicks Celtics ESPN
2.3
3.5M

First Round: #3 Pacers vs. #6 Hawks [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 4/21/13 1:00 PM Hawks Pacers TNT
1.5
2.2M
Game 2
Wed., 4/24/13 7:30 PM Hawks Pacers NBA TV
0.1
195K
Game 3
Sat., 4/27/13 7:00 PM Pacers Hawks ESPN
1.3
2.0M
Game 4
Mon., 4/29/13 7:30 PM Pacers Hawks NBA TV
0.1
183K
Game 5
Wed., 5/1/13 8:00 PM Hawks Pacers NBA TV
0.1
170K
Game 6
Fri., 5/3/13 7:00 PM Pacers Hawks ESPN2
0.4
644K

First Round: #4 Nets vs. #5 Bulls [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sat., 4/20/13 8:00 PM Bulls Nets ESPN
2.1
3.3M
Game 2
Mon., 4/22/13 8:00 PM Bulls Nets TNT
2.1
3.0M
Game 3
Thu., 4/25/13 8:30 PM Nets Bulls NBA TV
0.2
245K
Game 4
Sat., 4/27/13 2:00 PM Nets Bulls TNT
1.7
2.5M
Game 5
Mon., 4/29/13 7:00 PM Bulls Nets TNT
1.8
2.6M
Game 6
Thu., 5/2/13 8:00 PM Nets Bulls TNT
2.8
4.1M
Game 7
Sat., 5/4/13 8:00 PM Bulls Nets TNT
2.7
4.4M

First Round: #1 Thunder vs. #8 Rockets [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 4/21/13 9:30 PM Rockets Thunder TNT
2.8
4.3M
Game 2
Wed., 4/24/13 7:00 PM Rockets Thunder TNT
2.0
3.1M
Game 3
Sat., 4/27/13 9:30 PM Thunder Rockets ESPN
2.1
3.3M
Game 4
Mon., 4/29/13 9:30 PM Thunder Rockets TNT
2.6
3.8M
Game 5
Wed., 5/1/13 9:30 PM Rockets Thunder TNT
3.0
4.5M
Game 6
Fri., 5/3/13 9:30 PM Thunder Rockets ESPN
2.6
4.0M

First Round: #2 Spurs vs. #7 Lakers [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 4/21/13 3:30 PM Lakers Spurs ABC
3.6
5.5M
Game 2
Wed., 4/24/13 9:30 PM Lakers Spurs TNT
2.8
4.3M
Game 3
Fri., 4/26/13 10:30 PM Spurs Lakers ESPN
2.0
2.9M
Game 4
Sun., 4/28/13 7:00 PM Spurs Lakers TNT
2.3
3.5M

First Round: #3 Nuggets vs. #6 Warriors [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sat., 4/20/13 5:30 PM Warriors Nuggets ESPN
1.9
2.8M
Game 2
Tue., 4/23/13 10:30 PM Warriors Nuggets TNT
2.0
2.9M
Game 3
Fri., 4/26/13 10:30 PM Nuggets Warriors ESPN2
1.0
1.4M
Game 4
Sun., 4/28/13 9:30 PM Nuggets Warriors TNT
2.2
3.2M
Game 5
Tue., 4/30/13 8:00 PM Warriors Nuggets TNT
2.0
3.0M
Game 6
Thu., 5/2/13 10:30 PM Nuggets Warriors TNT
2.8
4.4M

First Round: #4 Clippers vs. #5 Grizzlies [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sat., 4/20/13 10:30 PM Grizzlies Clippers ESPN
2.1
3.3M
Game 2
Mon., 4/22/13 10:30 PM Grizzlies Clippers TNT
2.2
3.1M
Game 3
Thu., 4/25/13 9:30 PM Clippers Grizzlies TNT
1.7
2.6M
Game 4
Sat., 4/27/13 4:30 PM Clippers Grizzlies TNT
1.9
2.9M
Game 5
Tue., 4/30/13 10:30 PM Grizzlies Clippers TNT
2.2
3.1M
Game 6
Fri., 5/3/13 9:30 PM Clippers Grizzlies ESPN2
1.0
1.6M

Second Round

Semifinals: #1 Heat vs. #5 Bulls [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Mon., 5/6/13 7:00 PM Bulls Heat TNT
3.6
5.5M
Game 2
Wed., 5/8/13 7:00 PM Bulls Heat TNT
3.5
5.3M
Game 3
Fri., 5/10/13 8:00 PM Heat Bulls ESPN
4.2
6.6M
Game 4
Mon., 5/13/13 7:00 PM Heat Bulls TNT
3.2
4.9M
Game 5
Wed., 5/15/13 7:00 PM Bulls Heat TNT
3.6
5.5M

Semifinals: #2 Knicks vs. #3 Pacers [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 5/5/13 3:30 PM Pacers Knicks ABC
3.9
6.0M
Game 2
Tue., 5/7/13 7:00 PM Pacers Knicks TNT
2.5
3.7M
Game 3
Sat., 5/11/13 8:15 PM Knicks Pacers ABC
3.5
5.3M
Game 4
Tue., 5/14/13 7:00 PM Knicks Pacers TNT
2.8
4.1M
Game 5
Thu., 5/16/13 8:00 PM Pacers Knicks TNT
3.1
4.6M
Game 6
Sat., 5/18/13 8:00 PM Knicks Pacers ESPN
3.0
4.9M

Semifinals: #1 Thunder vs. #5 Grizzlies [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 5/5/13 1:00 PM Grizzlies Thunder ABC
3.0
4.3M
Game 2
Tue., 5/7/13 9:30 PM Grizzlies Thunder TNT
3.3
4.8M
Game 3
Sat., 5/11/13 5:00 PM Thunder Grizzlies ESPN
2.3
3.4M
Game 4
Mon., 5/13/13 9:30 PM Thunder Grizzlies TNT
3.4
5.0M
Game 5
Wed., 5/15/13 9:30 PM Grizzlies Thunder TNT
3.6
5.3M

Semifinals: #2 Spurs vs. #6 Warriors [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Mon., 5/6/13 9:30 PM Warriors Spurs TNT
3.6
5.5M
Game 2
Wed., 5/8/13 9:30 PM Warriors Spurs TNT
3.6
5.3M
Game 3
Fri., 5/10/13 10:30 PM Spurs Warriors ESPN
3.6
5.4M
Game 4
Sun., 5/12/13 3:30 PM Spurs Warriors ABC
3.4
5.3M
Game 5
Tue., 5/14/13 9:30 PM Warriors Spurs TNT
3.5
5.3M
Game 6
Thu., 5/16/13 10:30 PM Spurs Warriors ESPN
2.6
3.8M

Conference Finals

East Finals: #1 Heat vs. #3 Pacers [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Wed., 5/22/13 8:30 PM Pacers Heat TNT
5.3
8.2M
Game 2
Fri., 5/24/13 8:30 PM Pacers Heat TNT
4.4
7.0M
Game 3
Sun., 5/26/13 8:30 PM Heat Pacers TNT
4.5
7.3M
Game 4
Tue., 5/28/13 8:30 PM Heat Pacers TNT
5.1
8.1M
Game 5
Thu., 5/30/13 8:30 PM Pacers Heat TNT
5.4
8.5M
Game 6
Sat., 6/1/13 8:30 PM Heat Pacers TNT
4.9
8.2M
Game 7
Mon., 6/3/13 8:30 PM Pacers Heat TNT
7.1
11.6M

West Finals: #2 Spurs vs. #5 Grizzlies [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Sun., 5/19/13 3:30 PM Grizzlies Spurs ABC
3.1
4.9M
Game 2
Tue., 5/21/13 9:00 PM Grizzlies Spurs ESPN
3.1
4.6M
Game 3
Sat., 5/25/13 9:00 PM Spurs Grizzlies ESPN
3.1
4.9M
Game 4
Mon., 5/27/13 9:00 PM Spurs Grizzlies ESPN
3.2
5.2M

NBA Finals

NBA Finals: #1 Heat vs. #2 Spurs [top]
Gm. #
Date Time (ET) Away Home Net Rating Viewers
Game 1
Thu., 6/6/13 9:00 PM Spurs Heat ABC
8.8
14.2M
Game 2
Sun., 6/9/13 8:00 PM Spurs Heat ABC
8.5
14.6M
Game 3
Tue., 6/11/13 9:00 PM Heat Spurs ABC
8.5
14.0M
Game 4
Thu., 6/13/13 9:00 PM Heat Spurs ABC
10.0
16.2M
Game 5
Sun., 6/16/13 8:00 PM Heat Spurs ABC
9.5
16.3M
Game 6
Tue., 6/18/13 9:00 PM Spurs Heat ABC
12.3
20.6M
Game 7
Thu., 6/20/13 9:00 PM Spurs Heat ABC
15.3
26.3M

(This year’s numbers from various sources, including ESPN, Turner Sports, Sports Business Daily, The Futon Critic, and Son of the Bronx)

  • BallDAQ

    NBA TV is the ratings killer :)

  • BIG ED

    The 1st round games not on ABC were broadcast to local markets.

  • Ryan Literal

    its because you have to pay an extra fee on most cable providers just to get nba tv. they need to cut it