Monday night’s NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 was one for record boks. With 15.9 million total viewers and an 8.8 household rating on TNT, it’s the most-viewed NBA cable telecast of all time and the most-watched program in TNT’s 28-year history, based on Fast Nationals. Led by NBA MVP Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ 96-88 comeback win to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder victory peaked with 19.8 million total viewers and a 10.9 U.S. HH rating from 11:15-11:30 PM ET.
The series decider also was the most-watched non-Finals NBA game on any broadcast or cable network since 2000 and the most-watched sports program on cable since the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game drew 17.8M in April on TNT, TBS and truTV.
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TNT scored nightly wins across all of cable television each night of its coverage of the Western Conference Finals, in which the defending champion Warriors fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to make the Finals. Together with Inside the NBA, TNT registered the top two programs on cable six times during the seven-game series — twice spanning both cable and broadcast.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors, which set an NBA record for wins this season, and LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers tips off at 6 PM PT Thursday on ABC. The same teams matched up in last year’s Finals, which Golden State won four games to two for its first title in 40 years.
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