ABC/ESPN continue to reap the benefits of the Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals.
Sunday’s Game 5 registered an overnight rating of 12.8, the highest of the series thus far and 36% higher than Game 5 of last year’s Lakers/Magic series.
From ESPN PR:
(Sunday) night’s Game 5 broadcast was the highest-rated show of the night for all of television, helping ABC to win the night for all networks in primetime, as was the case the previous four games. The game peaked with a 16.5 rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.
The broadcast received the highest Game 5 overnight rating since 2004 (Lakers/Detroit, 15.5 overnight rating), a mark that has been achieved by each game of The Finals.