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JordansBulls
06-17-2013, 12:52 PM
http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2013/06/nba-finals-ratings-game-5-overnight-strong-but-hits-4-year-low/


The fifth game of the NBA Finals put up strong numbers Sunday night, but still hit a four-year low.
Game 5 of the Heat/Spurs NBA Finals drew an 11.4 overnight rating on ABC Sunday night, down 10% from Thunder/Heat Game 5 last year (12.6) and Heat/Mavericks Game 5 in 2011 (12.6).

The 11.4 is the lowest for a Game 5 in the NBA Finals since Lakers/Magic in 2009 (9.4), and is the second-lowest for a Game 5 since 2006.

With that said, the 11.4 also ranks as the highest for a Game 5 involving the Spurs since 1999 (11.9).

The 11.4 is also the second-highest of the Spurs/Heat series, trailing only Game 4 on Thursday (12.0).

Locally, Game 5 drew a 37.6 rating in San Antonio — down 16% from Spurs/Pistons Game 5 in 2005 (45.0), and down 14% from Thursday’s series-high 43.7.

The game drew a series-low 28.8 in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, down 29% from last year’s Game 5 (40.3), and down 12% from Game 5 in 2011 (32.7).

JerseyPalahniuk
06-17-2013, 12:59 PM
Why are you so obsessed with ratings, will you not watch if the ratings are low?. This is an NBA forum. Almost all of us watch the Finals. These are the ratings of the everyone in america who have cable. You post this after every game.

JerseyPalahniuk
06-17-2013, 01:00 PM
And it's not like this wasn't predicted with the Spurs playing. Casual sports/NBA fans don't really appreciate their style of play. Obviously Lakers/Celtics and will draw more attention, as will the uber-athletic Durant Westbrook Harden Ibaka lineups

hugepatsfan
06-17-2013, 01:11 PM
And it's not like this wasn't predicted with the Spurs playing. Casual sports/NBA fans don't really appreciate their style of play. Obviously Lakers/Celtics and will draw more attention, as will the uber-athletic Durant Westbrook Harden Ibaka lineups

How does that explain this year's Game 5 ratings being lower than 2005's between DET and SA?

KnickaBocka.44
06-17-2013, 01:20 PM
How does that explain this year's Game 5 ratings being lower than 2005's between DET and SA?

Casual fans of the NBA don't like the Spurs style of play or their players because they are old. A lot of basketball fans strongly dislike the Heat and probably feel that they will win and would rather not watch it.

hugepatsfan
06-17-2013, 01:26 PM
Casual fans of the NBA don't like the Spurs style of play or their players because they are old. A lot of basketball fans strongly dislike the Heat and probably feel that they will win and would rather not watch it.

Bingo. And that's a huge problem for the NBA. A lot of fans have the perception that MIA is just so good that no one can beat them because they see Lebron and Wade (Bosh to a lesser extent for the casual fan that only recognizes names) on the same team and that turns them off from watching the games. The NBA has never been about parity but there were still players worth watching on multiple teams. The more and more players flock to the same markets the more other markets will lose interest in the sport and the ratings will fall.

Heediot
06-17-2013, 01:29 PM
It just goes to show you that people can be manipulated and influenced sub-consciously. The Spurs are a fun team to watch, yet they are very low-key and not don't have the most marketed players in the U.S.

lakers4sho
06-17-2013, 01:32 PM
Parity in sports is such a misguided and misunderstood concept.

THINKBLUE15
06-17-2013, 02:49 PM
Pretty much every sport except the Superbowl hit a "new low" annually.

I don't watch the finals if the Lakers aren't in it because I don't really appreciate the NBA. I don't like the players, mainly--less men and more immature punks than any sport imo and if you can't respect the players there's no point in watching. I didn't grow up playing basketball so there is no nostalgic attachment either.

D-Leethal
06-17-2013, 02:52 PM
Conspiracy !!!

sunsfan88
06-17-2013, 02:58 PM
Every game in the Finals so far has been a blow out. Why the hell would casual basketball fans watch it?

You had to truly love basketball and be a hardcore fan to appreciate this series.

beliges
06-17-2013, 03:08 PM
Casual fans of the NBA don't like the Spurs style of play or their players because they are old. A lot of basketball fans strongly dislike the Heat and probably feel that they will win and would rather not watch it.

Bingo. And that's a huge problem for the NBA. A lot of fans have the perception that MIA is just so good that no one can beat them because they see Lebron and Wade (Bosh to a lesser extent for the casual fan that only recognizes names) on the same team and that turns them off from watching the games. The NBA has never been about parity but there were still players worth watching on multiple teams. The more and more players flock to the same markets the more other markets will lose interest in the sport and the ratings will fall.

A lot of fans strongly dislike the heat because of how their specific players (3 franchise players in their prime) got together. This was unprecedented in the NBA. But its not because people think they're so good they can't be beat. Furthermore SA and Miami are mid markets and have no fans besides those of their own cities. So the low ratings makes sense.

naps
06-17-2013, 03:10 PM
Obsession with rating much, JB?

KnickaBocka.44
06-17-2013, 03:23 PM
A lot of fans strongly dislike the heat because of how their specific players (3 franchise players in their prime) got together. This was unprecedented in the NBA. But its not because people think they're so good they can't be beat. Furthermore SA and Miami are mid markets and have no fans besides those of their own cities. So the low ratings makes sense.

Couldn't be more wrong about the Heat. They have bandwagon fans all over.

KnickaBocka.44
06-17-2013, 03:26 PM
Bingo. And that's a huge problem for the NBA. A lot of fans have the perception that MIA is just so good that no one can beat them because they see Lebron and Wade (Bosh to a lesser extent for the casual fan that only recognizes names) on the same team and that turns them off from watching the games. The NBA has never been about parity but there were still players worth watching on multiple teams. The more and more players flock to the same markets the more other markets will lose interest in the sport and the ratings will fall.

Agreed. If it weren't the Spurs then ratings would be a bit higher, but I'm not sure what kind of an effect it would have ratings wise.

It's a shame that people think the Spurs play boring basketball. I can understand that it was never the most fun to watch for the casual fan, and still isn't the most exciting, but they are by no means the Spurs of the early 2000's. They really are a treat to watch.

haggis
06-17-2013, 03:28 PM
Pretty much every sport except the Superbowl hit a "new low" annually.

NHL playoff viewership is up big this year.