The 2013 NBA Finals, matching the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, averaged 5 percent more viewers than the 2012 finals, between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami, but that was because this year's series went seven games while Miami ousted the Thunder in five games.
The 2012 series outrated this year's Finals for each of the first five games, averaging 10.1 compared to 9.1 for this year, an indication of the Thunder's national popularity with stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. For all seven games, this year's finals averaged 10.5, including a 15.3 for Game 7.
The 2013 Finals averaged 17.7 million viewers, up from 16.9 million viewers last year.
NBA Finals ratings
ABC's national ratings
Game 2012 2013
Game 1 9.9, 8.8.
Game 2 10.4, 8.5
Game 3 8.8, 8.5
Game 4 10.5, 10.0
Game 5 10.9, 9.5
Game 6 —,12.3
Game 7 —,15.3
ESPN plans to air NBA draft preview shows at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday before it broadcasts the draft at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
— CBS Sports Radio on Monday announced it had partnered with its 300th affiliate. The network, which includes Doug Gottlieb's show from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays, has more than tripled its reach since the new venture was announced last September. Programming is available in all of the Top 10 and 35 of the Top 50 U.S. markets, including "105.3, The Pro" in Oklahoma City.
— Max Kellerman made his full-time debut Monday as new co-host of ESPN's “SportsNation” show opposite Marcellus Wiley. The show airs at 3 p.m. weekdays. Kellerman and Wiley, who both attended Columbia University, also host a radio show for ESPNLA 710.
— “The Fight Game With Jim Lampley” returns at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on HBO, right after the “HBO Boxing After Dark” tripleheader headlined by the world middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and Matthew Macklin at 8:45 p.m.