NBA Finals Ratings: Game 2 Earns Lowest Overnight Since ’09


The second game of the NBA Finals hit a four-year low in the overnights, but was still more-than-respectable for a series involving the Spurs.

Game 2 of the Spurs/Heat NBA Finals drew a 10.2 overnight rating on ABC, down 14% from Heat/Thunder Game 2 last year (11.8), and down 3% from Mavericks/Heat Game 2 in 2011 (10.5).

The 10.2 is the lowest overnight for any NBA Finals game since Game 5 of Lakers/Magic in 2009 (9.4). With that said, the 10.2 is only slightly below the previous four-year mark of 10.4, set on multiple occasions.

Last year’s lone Sunday night NBA Finals game, Game 3 between the Thunder and Heat, drew a 10.4 overnight. Of course, that game aired opposite the final round of the U.S. Open.

Though low compared to recent years, Sunday’s overnight was the highest ever for a Game 2 of the NBA Finals involving the Spurs. Even Knicks/Spurs Game 2 in 1999 drew only a 10.0 overnight — albeit on a low-rated Friday night.

Locally, Game 2 drew a 29.7 rating in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale — down 2% from Heat/Thunder Game 2 last year (30.3), and down 16% from Mavericks/Heat Game 2 in 2011 (35.3).

The numbers continue to underwhelm in San Antonio. Game 2 drew just a 32.7 in the market, down 24% from Cavaliers/Spurs Game 2 in 2007 (42.9), and down 25% from Pistons/Spurs Game 2 in 2005 (43.4).

Overnight Ratings For Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Involving the Spurs


(Sunday’s numbers from ESPN Media Zone)

  • Jones

    Could the Game of Thrones episode have played a role in this? Looks like this series is gonna be hard-pressed to reach a double digit average unless it goes 6 or 7.

  • JakeFrankie

    Game 2 will finish at what 9.0?

    • Jones

      Less, probably in the low 8s.

  • Jones

    Did we get a final rating? I read that the game averaged 14.57 million viewers but I didn’t see a rating number.

    • Paulsen

      Game 2 had an 8.5 final rating.