Taking down the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals within the Massachusetts metropolis final night time, the Golden State Warriors cemented their dynasty with their fourth championship prior to now decade.

Now nicely ensconced within the pantheon of basketball, the massive win for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and their teammates, plus coach Steve Kerr could also be all of the sweeter after the previous two seasons when it seemed just like the shine was off the Bay Area group. Celebrating with trophy in hand on the ground of the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, the Warriors and New England born group bosses Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob had been gleaming with pleasure and exhilaration.

Having weathered tough scores seas over the previous two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, ABC have to be feeling fairly victorious, no less than within the brief time period. They had probably the most watched present of Thursday’s primetime, the highest rated (4.3/38) present among the many valued 18-49 demographic and so they gained the night time.

Hitting a 2022 (*6*) excessive, final night time’s virtually three-hour primetime Game 6 scored 13.99 million viewers for the Disney-owned community.

Now, like most of this yr’s b-ball championship sequence, that’s really excellent news and unhealthy information for ABC and the NBA. The upside is that final night time’s Game 6 viewers noticed an increase of just about 12% from the viewership for the pandemic protocol heavy Game 6 of July 20 final yr when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to safe their very own championship. Also, as one would anticipate, Game 6’s TV crowd was up from June 13’s Game 5 – although actually the 7% bop was lower than anticipated.

The actual draw back is, as has been the apples-to-apples case all through the Finals this yr, Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals fell a harsh 24% in viewership from the pre-pandemic Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13 that yr. What makes that drop much more vinegar is that the 2019 sequence noticed the shedding Warriors pitted towards the NBA’s solely non-American primarily based group, the Toronto Raptors. So, whereas the 2019 NBA Finals had been off the chart within the Great White North, they had been already limping from having just one U.S. market to attract from.

Overall, the 2019 Finals averaged round 15 million units of eyeballs, a quantity that the 2022 NBA Finals has no probability of catching as much as.

Still, for the Warriors, the win is the win and victory clearly tastes good within the night time, and on the flight residence.

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