1. While the NFL suffers only a very small drop in ratings, the NBA has seen a serious appearance of spectators. The question is, how worried should the league be about this development?
Here are the numbers for the first three games of the Finals between the Heat and the Lakers.
Game 1: 7.4 million viewers
Game 2: 6.1 million viewers
Game 3: 5.9 million viewers
These numbers for games 2 and 3 are all-time low for the NBA Finals
Now for the perspective.
Game 2 took place on Friday night. The NBA never plays a Finals game on a Friday night because the spectacle on Fridays is awful.
Match 3 took place on Sunday night with the NFL.
This explains the drop of 3 million viewers from Game 1 to Game 3.
The real issue is that the first game attracted seven million spectators, while last year’s final between the Warriors and the Raptors averaged 15.1 million spectators.
Obviously, planning is a huge issue. The NBA Finals are in the spotlight in June, when they have to play only in the NHL and regular season baseball. The Finals now compete with the NFL, post-season baseball and college football.
As with the NFL, you can not reduce how much cable cutting and cable news hits network TV. Cable news ratings increased by 37% from a year ago. Prime Time ratings are down 47%.
Even with all these factors, the league has to worry about finals that have no score at all, especially with the Lakers and LeBron James there.
Needless to say, it was far from a traditional season and the games are played differently on TV without fans in the building and the crazy atmosphere of an NBA crowd.
You could argue that with this unusual season, the NBA could drop this year’s scores out of the window and focus on next season, but the projection numbers for the last two games are so bad they have to worry link .
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