Celts-Lakers Game 7 A Big Hit In The Ratings

NEW YORK (AP) – Game 7 drew the highest preliminary rating for

an NBA finals game since 1998.

The Lakers' 83-79 win Thursday night on ABC earned an 18.2

overnight rating. That's the highest for an NBA game since Michael

Jordan won his last championship with the Bulls in Game 6 of the

1998 finals against the Jazz, which posted a 22.9.

The rating was 32 percent higher than the only other Game 7 of

the last 16 years. Pistons-Spurs in 2005 drew a 13.8.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions

tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's

largest markets.

The game drew a 39.7 rating in Los Angeles and a 33.9 in Boston.


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