The Golden State Warriors are once again in the NBA Finals, duking it out with the Boston Celtics for basketball supremacy after a season of turning back the clock.
Yes, the entire squad is in fine form again, with Curry looking ten years younger and fresh, new blood on the team making a huge impact.
It’s exciting to see the Warriors play well in the Finals again – and it sounds like a lot of people are tuning in.
Most watched finals since (you guessed it) the Warriors were in it. https://t.co/fTgPDb32i8
— L• (@clarkkent415) June 7, 2022
Game 1 of the Finals was the most-watched Game 1 since 2019.
11.9 million viewers tuned in across both ABC and ESPN2 and peaked with 13 million viewers.
That’s more than 37% up from last year and more than 55% up from 2020.
This means that Game 1 was the most-watched Game 1 since the last time the Warriors were in the Finals.
Once again, the Warriors are ratings gold.
The NBA has been struggling with its ratings over the last few years.
They haven’t been consistently awful but there have been some serious lows over the last couple of years.
However, things have been increasingly better over the last year and it seems like things are becoming stable and steady in the ratings department.
The number of people watching the Finals is obviously dependent on how much interest there is in both teams playing.
Therefore, the fact that the supremely popular Warriors and Stephen Curry are back is a huge boost.
If the series continues to be very competitive, it’ll only help more.
A series that lasts six or seven games could generate more buzz and interest and could be just what the NBA wanted.
Based on what we’ve seen from the first two games, a seven-game Finals looks incredibly likely.