Overnight ratings were mixed for the second weekend of the NBA Playoffs on ABC.
Game 4 of the Clippers/Warriors first round NBA playoff series earned a 5.0 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon, up 4% from Heat/Bucks last year (4.8), but down 6% from Heat/Knicks in 2012 (5.3). The 5.0 overnight is the second-highest for a first round game on ABC since 2006, trailing only Heat/Knicks in ’12.
Going back further, the 5.0 is tied as the sixth-highest for a first round game on ABC since the network resumed airing games in the 2002-03 season, and the second-highest for one that did not involve the Lakers, Knicks or Heat.
Of course, Sunday’s game took place at the center of a national firestorm surrounding the Clippers’ owner. It is difficult to ascertain just how much of an impact the controversy had on the numbers; though Sunday’s game did well, the numbers were not disproportionately high for the first round.
Earlier Sunday, Bulls/Wizards Game 4 earned a 3.7 overnight — down 14% from Knicks/Celtics last year (4.3), but up 6% from Bulls/Sixers in 2012 (3.5).
Locally, Clippers/Warriors earned a 9.8 rating in the Bay Area and an 8.0 in Los Angeles. Bulls/Wizards scored a 9.0 in Chicago and a 5.7 in Washington, D.C.
(Sun. overnights from ESPN)