The 2015 NBA Finals ended on Tuesday night with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6, 105-97. Continuing a trend from all series, Game 6 enjoyed great television ratings as the Warriors secured their place in basketball history:
Warriors-Cavs drew 15.9 overnight rating on ABC for net's best NBA Finals Game 6 ever. Heat-Spurs Game 6 two years ago drew a 14.7.
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) June 17, 2015
When it was all said and done, this was the most-watched Finals ever on ABC:
Finals was highest-rated ever on ABC, per Nielsen. The 6-game series averaged a 13.9 overnight rating, up 31% from a 10.6 for 2014 Finals.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) June 17, 2015
These were the most-watched Finals since Michael Jordan‘s last championship run with the Chicago Bulls, and it’s really no surprise. The Warriors were a popular team that played a fun brand of basketball with an extremely likable superstar in Stephen Curry, while LeBron James will always draw viewers. The league MVP and one of the most well-liked stars in the game against the biggest star in the game. That’s ratings gold.
There’s a pretty good chance these two teams will be back at it in the 2016 NBA Finals, and I’d have to expect those ratings would be even higher if it happens. That’s especially the case if the Cavaliers have a fully stocked team.