Jun 13, 2023, 07:29 PM ET
ABC, ESPN and TNT averaged 5.47 million viewers per game during the NBA playoffs, the most-watched playoffs in five years, the networks announced Tuesday.
The 2023 Finals concluded Monday night with the Denver Nuggets defeating the Miami Heat in five games for their first NBA title in franchise history. Game 5 averaged 13.084 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That was a four-year high, slightly beating out last year’s NBA Finals Game 5 between the Warriors and Celtics (13.016 million).
Though Denver and Miami are large markets with teams in all four major North Americans sports leagues, some skeptics believed a Nuggets-Heat series would not garner as much interest as a potential matchup between the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, historic rivals who each lost in their respective conference finals.
Denver led the nation with an average household rating of 21.55 for the length of the series, according to the blog Sports TV Ratings.