The Dallas Mavericks were not the only winners on Sunday evening. The NBA Finals led to ABC’s most watched week during the summer in nearly 10 years!
Game 6 of the NBA championship series was seen by nearly 24 million people.
The Nielsen Co. said the Mavericks’ series victory over the Miami Heat was seen by an average of 17.3 million people over the six games. That’s a little less than the viewership for last year’s Lakers-Celtics series, which had the advantage of going to a climactic seventh game.
The fourth, fifth and sixth games of the Heat-Mavericks series eclipsed those corresponding games last year despite the presence of the NBA’s most storied franchises. Many tuned in this year to see if LeBron James would win his first championship after his much-maligned decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.