TV Ratings Soar For NBA Finals

MIAMI ( – Based solely on the television ratings, it appears that most of the nation enjoys watching the Miami Heat fail.

The Dallas Mavericks’ Game 6 win to end the NBA Finals earned the highest preliminary television rating in 11 years. The last Game 6 to draw ratings close to Sunday night’s game was in 2000 when the Lakers won the title by beating the Indiana Pacers.

The rating was up 35 percent from Game 6 of the 2006 finals between the same teams, when the Heat clinched a championship. It was up 22 percent from last year’s Game 6, when the Lakers routed the Celtics to force Game 7.

The game drew a 39.8 in Dallas and a 36.2 in Miami.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.3

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