ESPN’s PR department is putting out drips and drabs on the ratings for last night’s Celtics triumphant win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The national overnight rating was 7.1 which was the highest rated NBA Playoff game ever on ESPN.
Cleveland’s overnight was 29.4 which was tops across the nation and set a record for an NBA Playoff game rating in the city. Boston came in at 16.9 which is the highest rated playoff game in the market since the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 against Detroit (18.4). Other markets of note, Orlando was 9.4, Chicago at 7.1 and New York at 6.0.
Not only was interest high in the game, but of course for the maddening LeBron James storyline which only stands to get Brett Favre-like until he decides whether to stay in Cleveland or leave for the Knicks.
Due to a busy personal schedule, I won’t have the megalinks today, but I will post news if something breaks.
In addition, the press release with the final ratings will be out later today and when that comes in, I will post it on the blog.