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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  18 responses

Bulls/Heat Game 1 Most Watched NBA Game in Cable TV History


You and plenty of other folks tuned into TNT in record numbers on Sunday night for the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. From the Sun-Sentinel: “TNT, the cable network that is carrying this Miami Heat-Chicago Bulls best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, announced Monday that Sunday’s Game 1 was the most-viewed NBA game in the history of cable television, based on total viewership. According to a release from the network, 11.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Bulls’ 103-82 victory at the United Center. That total eclipsed the previous record of 10,829,000 total viewers for the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, which was Michael Jordan’s final All-Star Game appearance. The NBA Finals are not included in the comparison, with those games broadcast over network television, in this year’s case, on ABC. Last year, TNT’s first broadcast of the conference-final round, a game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, delivered 7,112,000 viewers. According to CNBC, Chicago and South Florida were the top-ranked markets in the ratings for Game 1 of Heat-Bulls, with Cleveland a somewhat surprising third in the ratings.”

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  • logues

    and i didnt even watch it. its ok, i was turkey hunting

  • jowek

    Stern wants a game 7,watch out for the refs

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Wade definitely picked the best game to reannounce himself to the watching world…

  • mytiman

    Nice one, Cleveland!

  • kh

    This surprises me.

  • spit hot fiyah

    have a lot of people watch u…like a bosh

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Ah the Cavs…the ugly girlfriend who got cheated on and now stalking her ex big time.

  • Zabba

    Now that Bosh has heard the news watch how he shrinks under all that attention. His numbers for game 2: 8 points, 4 rebounds.

  • angus

    david stern is pleasantly surprised, takes alot of pain off the devastation to his lakers

  • Rich Munoz

    The reason for the record: 10 Million Lebron Haters…wanting to see Miami lose…yes that’s right…I’m a Laker fan and it brings me joy that Boston is out and Lebron and Miami are on their way out too! Go Chicago!

  • Overtime

    If we count regular season and finals MVP’s, this game had three of them in there.
    I’ve been trying to think if thats happened in the modern era.
    Help me out?

  • Overtime

    And then I’ve just realised…every San Antonio vs L.A Lakers game since 2008.
    Kobe, Timmy, and Tony Parker.
    Not quite the same effect as Rose James Wade.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    How ironic.
    Millions of people in Cleveland were rooting for the Bulls, when this time last year every Cavs fan wished death upon Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. But mostly Noah.

  • JTaylor21

    And David Sterns trying to lockout the league?

  • http://msn.com belinda mays

    d.wade got dunked on by a rookie! that’s for taking down my boy rondo!

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Taj is a rookie?
    Not since last year.
    Just goes to show y’all how overlooked the Bulls have been tho.

  • HAMMER

    This is surprising

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    And the owners are bleeding money? Funny how only 1 of the 4 remaining teams are ridiculously over the cap.

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