Saturday, May 4th was paradise for sports fans of all kinds. Yesterday, there was a controversial finish to the 2019 Kentucky Derby that left everyone a bit confused. In addition, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Daniel Jacobs to become the unified middleweight champion. Best of all, the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets took the court for a pivotal game three at the Houston Toyota Center.
Despite Kevin Durant‘s incredible forty-six point performance and Draymond Green‘s triple double, the defending NBA Champions came up short in overtime. While most of the attention was paid towards Eric Gordon’s incredible shooting performance and James Harden‘s continued continued efforts, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson continued to struggle from beyond the arc. Curry shot 30.4% from the field and 22% from behind the three point line. All in all, it was a captivating night for sports fans and an interesting game. As a result, everyone was locked into their TV screens.
As reported by Deadline, last night’s game was up 20% from last year’s comparable window. In the Oakland market, the game delivered an 18.2 rating. In the city of Houston, the rating was a bit lower at 11.2. These are the highest prime time ratings ABC has experienced in eight years. In comparison to last year, “ESPN and ABC’s NBA Conference Semifinals coverage is averaging a 4.1 metered market rating.” These ratings are up 21% from last year. Who said ratings would go down without LeBron James?