Tuesday’s Bucks-Suns NBA Finals Game 1 averaged 8.56 million viewers on ABC, up 13% from Heat-Lakers in the “bubble” last September, which faced Major League Baseball playoff games (7.58M), but down 36% from Warriors-Raptors in May 2019 (13.38M).
Indeed, this year’s Game 1 came in as the second least-watched finals Game 1 ever. Again, with 2020 setting the lowest bar possible, this year’s Game 1 viewership of 8.56 million viewers was lower than the previous low (2020 excluded) when the Cavaliers-Spurs earned 9.21 million viewers in 2007.
“Until the league went on hiatus in March of last year, every Finals game from 2008-19 had averaged at least 12 million,” Sports Media Watch added.
Worse, showing just how bad the NBA has done in its past two seasons, this month’s Game 1 ranks as the second most-watched game of the last two years!
Other sports championships are doing far better than the NBA.
“By comparison, Game 1 of last year’s World Series averaged 9.2 million viewers,” the site added.