2017 NBA Finals Are Most-Watched Finals Since 1998

By Staff  |  06/09/2017

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The 2017 NBA Finals is officially the most-watched Finals since 1998 through three games.

According to Nielsen, the series is averaging a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 19.9 million average viewers, up 11 percent from just over 18 million viewers in 2016. On ABC, the series is averaging 19.5 million (P2+), plus an average minute streaming audience of 421,000 viewers.

Game 3, which aired on ABC on Wednesday (June 7), garnered a total live audience of 20.49 million average viewers, making it the most-watched NBA Finals Game 3 ever on ABC.

The Golden State Warriors currently lead the series 3-0 against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The @warriors take commanding 3-0 #NBAFinals lead with 118-113 victory in Cleveland.

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Game 4 airs on Friday (June 9) at 9 p.m.

If the Warriors sweep the series, they will become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated throughout the NBA Playoffs.