2013-14 NBA Ratings Roundup, Part III: Playoff Games

Here are ratings for all 89 games of the 2014 playoffs on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and NBATV, organized by most watched.

Was the bloom already coming off the rose of LeBron James’ Miami Heat? Every game of the Eastern Conference Finals beat all but one game of the Western Finals – but that one game, West Finals Game 6, was the most-watched game before the NBA Finals, and the most-watched game before the conference finals was Mavericks-Spurs Game 7. The four most-watched games on cable before the conference finals (and six of the top seven overall) all involved the Clippers as a result of the controversy surrounding Donald Sterling, with the most-watched pre-conference final game on cable not involving the Clippers being Grizzlies-Thunder Game 7, not any game involving the Heat.

Cable household ratings through May 11 from Son of the Bronx; household ratings from May 12 and later and all ABC daytime numbers from SportsBusiness Daily and Sports Media Watch. 18-49 numbers, when available, from TVbytheNumbers and The Futon Critic.

    Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

NBA Finals: Spurs @ Heat, Game 5

17.999

10.3

6.8

6/15 8:00 PM

ABC

2

NBA Finals: Heat @ Spurs Game 2

15.131

9.0

6.0

6/8 8:00 PM

ABC

3

NBA Finals: Spurs @ Heat, Game 4

14.964

9.3

6.0

6/12 9:00 PM

ABC

4

NBA Finals: Heat @ Spurs Game 1

14.846

9.0

6.0

6/5 9:00 PM

ABC

5

NBA Finals: Spurs @ Heat, Game 3

14.775

9.0

5.9

6/10 9:00 PM

ABC

6

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Spurs @ Thunder, Game 6

8.151

4.9

3.0

5/31 8:30 PM

TNT

7

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Heat @ Pacers, Game 1

7.815

4.9

 

5/18 3:30 PM

ABC

8

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Heat @ Pacers, Game 2

7.544

4.9

3.2

5/20 8:30 PM

ESPN

9

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Heat @ Pacers, Game 5

7.313

4.7

3.1

5/28 8:30 PM

ESPN

10

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Pacers @ Heat, Game 4 (TFC/TVBTN)

7.038

 

2.8

5/26 8:34 PM

ESPN
  NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Pacers @ Heat, Game 4 (SBD)

7.002

4.4

 

5/26 8:32 PM

ESPN

11

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Thunder @ Spurs, Game 5

6.925

4.3

2.8

5/29 9:00 PM

TNT

12

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Pacers @ Heat, Game 6

6.877

4.2

2.7

5/30 8:33 PM

ESPN

13

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Pacers @ Heat, Game 3

6.818

4.1

2.7

5/24 8:30 PM

ESPN

14

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Spurs @ Thunder, Game 3

6.679

3.9

2.5

5/25 8:30 PM

TNT

15

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Mavericks @ Spurs, Game 7

6.486

4.2

 

5/4 4:00 PM

ABC

16

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Clippers @ Warriors, Game 4

6.474

4.2

 

4/27 3:30 PM

ABC

17

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Spurs @ Thunder, Game 4

6.42

4.2

2.6

5/27 9:00 PM

TNT

18

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Thunder @ Clippers, Game 6

6.401

4.1

2.8

5/15 10:30 PM

ESPN

19

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Thunder @ Spurs, Game 1

6.363

4.0

2.7

5/19 9:00 PM

TNT

20

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Clippers @ Thunder, Game 5

6.261

3.9

2.6

5/13 9:30 PM

TNT

21

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Clippers @ Thunder, Game 2

6.188

4.0

2.6

5/7 9:30 PM

TNT

22

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Thunder @ Clippers, Game 4

6

3.8

 

5/11 3:30 PM

ABC

23

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Warriors @ Clippers, Game 7

5.992

3.6

2.6

5/3 10:30 PM

TNT

24

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 7

5.834

3.6

2.4

5/3 8:00 PM

TNT

25

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Thunder @ Spurs, Game 2

5.711

3.7

2.2

5/21 9:00 PM

TNT

26

NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Heat @ Nets, Game 3

5.59

3.5

2.0

5/10 8:00 PM

ABC

27

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Heat @ Nets, Game 4

5.54

3.7

2.2

5/12 8:00 PM

TNT

28

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Clippers @ Thunder, Game 1

5.435

3.5

2.3

5/5 9:30 PM

TNT

29

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bobcats @ Heat, Game 1

5.357

3.3

 

4/20 3:30 PM

ABC

30

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Pacers @ Wizards, Game 6

5.314

3.5

2.1

5/15 8:00 PM

ESPN

31

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Trailblazers @ Spurs, Game 5

5.048

3.3

2.1

5/14 9:30 PM

TNT

32

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Clippers @ Thunder, Game 3

4.906

3.2

2.1

5/9 10:30 PM

ESPN

33

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Nets @ Heat, Game 5

4.856

3.3

1.9

5/14 7:00 PM

TNT

34

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Trailblazers @ Spurs, Game 1

4.807

3.1

2.0

5/6 9:30 PM

TNT

35

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nets @ Raptors, Game 7

4.789

3.1

 

5/4 1:00 PM

ABC

36

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Warriors @ Clippers, Game 5

4.732

3.1

2.2

4/29 10:30 PM

TNT

37

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Rockets @ Trailblazers, Game 4

4.727

2.9

2.1

4/27 9:47 PM

TNT

38

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Thunder @ Grizzlies, Game 4

4.62

2.9

2.0

4/26 9:30 PM

ESPN

39

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Pacers @ Wizards, Game 4

4.501

2.9

1.7

5/11 8:00 PM

TNT

40

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Clippers @ Warriors, Game 6

4.493

3.0

2.0

5/1 10:30 PM

TNT

41

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Nets @ Heat, Game 1

4.484

2.9

1.8

5/6 7:00 PM

TNT

42

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Trailblazers @ Rockets, Game 5

4.396

2.9

2.0

4/30 9:30 PM

TNT

43

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Warriors @ Clippers, Game 1

4.362

2.8

 

4/19 3:30 PM

ABC

44

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Spurs @ Trailblazers, Game 4

4.327

2.9

1.8

5/12 10:30 PM

TNT

45

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bulls @ Wizards, Game 4

4.324

2.9

 

4/27 1:00 PM

ABC

46

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Rockets @ Trailblazers, Game 6

4.253

2.9

2.0

5/2 10:30 PM

ESPN

47

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 2

4.167

2.8

1.7

4/21 8:00 PM

TNT

47

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Thunder @ Grizzlies, Game 3

4.167

2.6

1.8

4/24 8:00 PM

TNT

49

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Trailblazers @ Rockets, Game 1

4.073

2.6

1.9

4/20 9:30 PM

TNT

50

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Trailblazers @ Rockets, Game 2

4.068

2.7

1.9

4/23 9:47 PM

TNT

51

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Wizards @ Bulls, Game 5

4.021

2.7

1.7

4/29 8:00 PM

TNT

52

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Wizards @ Pacers, Game 2

3.974

2.7

1.5

5/7 7:00 PM

TNT

53

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Spurs @ Mavericks, Game 3

3.955

2.4

1.7

4/26 4:46 PM

TNT

54

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Wizards @ Bulls, Game 1

3.932

2.4

1.6

4/20 7:00 PM

TNT

55

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Spurs @ Mavericks, Game 4

3.921

2.6

1.8

4/28 9:30 PM

TNT

56

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Clippers @ Warriors, Game 3

3.875

2.5

1.8

4/24 11:00 PM

TNT

57

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Thunder @ Grizzlies, Game 6

3.844

2.5

1.6

5/1 8:00 PM

TNT

58

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Wizards @ Bulls, Game 2

3.816

2.5

1.7

4/22 9:40 PM

TNT

59

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Raptors @ Nets, Game 4

3.79

2.4

1.6

4/27 7:08 PM

TNT

60

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 1

3.696

2.3

1.6

4/19 9:30 PM

ESPN

61

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Mavericks @ Spurs, Game 1

3.669

2.3

1.4

4/20 1:00 PM

TNT

62

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Wizards @ Pacers, Game 1

3.651

2.5

1.5

5/5 7:00 PM

TNT

63

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Rockets @ Trailblazers, Game 3

3.629

2.3

1.7

4/25 10:30 PM

ESPN

64

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Hawks @ Pacers, Game 7

3.624

2.4

1.5

5/3 5:30 PM

TNT

65

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Wizards @ Pacers, Game 5

3.501

2.3

1.3

5/13 7:00 PM

TNT

66

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Heat @ Bobcats, Game 3

3.425

2.0

1.5

4/26 7:00 PM

ESPN

67

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Heat @ Bobcats, Game 4

3.422

2.3

1.4

4/28 7:00 PM

TNT

68

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Trailblazers @ Spurs, Game 2

3.352

2.2

1.2

5/8 9:30 PM

ESPN2

69

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Spurs @ Mavericks, Game 6

3.283

2.1

1.3

5/2 8:00 PM

ESPN

70

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Mavericks @ Spurs, Game 5

3.278

2.2

1.3

4/30 7:00 PM

TNT

71

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Hawks @ Pacers, Game 1

3.245

2.0

1.3

4/19 7:00 PM

ESPN

72

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Pacers @ Wizards, Game 3

3.228

2.2

1.2

5/9 8:00 PM

ESPN

73

NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Spurs @ Trailblazers, Game 3

3.15

1.9

1.3

5/10 10:30 PM

ESPN

74

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Warriors @ Clippers, Game 2

3.139

2.1

1.5

4/21 11:13 PM

TNT

75

NBA Playoffs, Conference Semifinals:
Nets @ Heat, Game 2

3.008

2.0

1.1

5/8 7:00 PM

ESPN2

76

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Pacers @ Hawks, Game 4

2.974

1.9

1.2

4/26 2:08 PM

TNT

77

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bobcats @ Heat, Game 2

2.922

2.0

1.2

4/23 7:09 PM

TNT

78

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bulls @ Wizards, Game 3

2.783

1.8

1.1

4/25 8:00 PM

ESPN

79

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Hawks @ Pacers, Game 2

2.693

1.9

1.1

4/22 7:09 PM

TNT

80

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nets @ Raptors, Game 1

2.266

1.6

1.0

4/19 12:30 PM

ESPN

81

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Raptors @ Nets, Game 3

1.264

0.9

0.5

4/25 7:00 PM

ESPN2

82

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Raptors @ Nets, Game 6

1.193

0.9

0.5

5/2 7:00 PM

ESPN2

83

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Pacers @ Hawks, Game 6

1.071

0.7

0.4

5/1 7:00 PM

NBATV

84

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 5

0.939

0.6

0.4

4/29 9:00 PM

NBATV

85

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Pacers @ Hawks, Game 3

0.757

0.5

0.4

4/24 7:00 PM

NBATV

86

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nets @ Raptors, Game 5

0.61

0.4

0.3

4/30 7:30 PM

NBATV

87

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Hawks @ Pacers, Game 5

0.599

0.4

0.3

4/28 8:00 PM

NBATV

88

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Mavericks @ Spurs, Game 2

0.557

0.4

 

4/23 8:00 PM

NBATV

89

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nets @ Raptors, Game 2

0.459

0.3

 

4/22 7:30 PM

NBATV

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