NBA Finals: ABC's Game 4 telecast shatters Oklahoma City's NBA ratings record

KOCO-5 receives 49.1 rating for Heat-Thunder
by Mel Bracht Published: June 20, 2012
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ABC's telecast of NBA Finals Game 4 shattered the Oklahoma City NBA ratings record with a 49.1 on KOCO-5, meaning nearly half of the TV homes in the market watched the game. The telecast peaked at 57.0 from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. with a 78 share. It broke the record of 44.4 for Game 2 by 11 percent.

Tulsa also broke its NBA record with a 29.4 on KTUL-8, surpassing the 27.8 for Game 2. In Miami, Game 4 got a 34.6.

Nationally, Game 4 delivered a 12.4 overnight rating, the highest since 2004 and the second-highest Game 4 ever on ABC. It is up 12 percent from last year's Game 4, which earned an 11.1. The game peaked with a 16.3 from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. The only other Game 4 with a higher rating was in 2004 (Lakers-Pistons), which got a 14.5.

Through four games, the NBA Finals is averaging an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest since 2004 and the second-highest in ABC history. The four-game average is up 6 percent from last year (Mavericks-Heat), which averaged a 10.9.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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