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SBD/June 13, 2012/Media
Heat-Thunder Earns NBA Finals' Best Game One Overnight In 10 Years
Published June 13, 2012
SOLID START: In Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht writes ABC “didn’t miss a shot and was particularly effective with the cameras behind the basket getting amazing shots” of Thunder F Kevin Durant and Heat F LeBron James. ESPN’s Mike Breen “turned in his normal solid play-by-play, and Jeff Van Gundy had his usual oddball comments that make him one of the most unpredictable analysts in the NBA.” In his TV debut, former NBA ref Steve Javie "stuck by game officials." He defended a blocking call on Thunder F Nick Collison "that replays showed what appeared to be a charge" by Heat G Dwyane Wade (OKLAHOMAN, 6/13).
HOT HOT HEAT: ESPN averaged a 3.9 U.S. rating and 6.2 million viewers for its 21 telecasts of the NBA Playoffs, marking the net’s highest-rated and most-viewed NBA Playoffs in 10 years of coverage. The figures were also up 26% and 24%, respectively, from a 3.1 rating and 5.0 million viewers last year. The Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals earned a 6.2 U.S. rating and 10.1 million viewers, which is tied with last year’s Heat-Bulls series on TNT as the highest-rated NBA Playoffs series ever on cable TV. Heat-Bulls averaged 10.4 million viewers and remains cable TV’s most-viewed NBA series ever. This year’s Heat-Celtics series is also up 44% and 46%, respectively, from ESPN’s Mavericks-Thunder Western Conference Finals last year. Game Seven of the Heat-Celtics series on Saturday night averaged a 7.7 U.S. rating and 13.3 million viewers, marking the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA game ever on cable TV. The Heat-Celtics series delivered the three highest-rated games ever on cable TV (Karp).