NBA ratings for the finals way up
Old 06-14-2011, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A year after building a superteam meant to win a championship at the first try, the Heat has become basketballís version of the New York Yankees or Dallas Cowboys ó a cultural juggernaut that polarizes fans and brings in bumper ratings.

Sundayís Game 6 pulled in almost 23 million viewers, 31% more than last yearís marquee Game 6 matchup between the Los Angeles and Boston Celtics, according to Nielsen Co. data. (The 2010 final went seven games.)

Itís clear most were tuning in to watch the Heat: In the two months of the playoffs, the Heat were mentioned about 330,000 times on such consumer media sites as Facebook and Twitter, as well as on blogs and message boards, said Nielsen. That compares with 140,000 mentions of the Dallas Mavericks.

On Monday, the day after the Mavs won the championship, the Heat had about 18,500 mentions, compared with roughly 13,500 for Dallas. Miamiís LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were mentioned about 32,000 times, while Dallas players Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry were mentioned just over 16,000 times.

The three most-watched series of this yearís playoffs all featured the Heat: the NBA Finals; the Eastern Conference Finals, against the Chicago Bulls; and the conference semifinals, against the Boston Celtics. Those series were boosted by matchups with big-market teams from Boston and Chicago, but even the Heatís first-round five-game downing of the Philadelphia 76ers outstripped other tie-ups, with the exception of the Celtics against the New York Knicks and the Lakersí closely fought six-game series against the New Orleans Hornets.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Meh, no surprise really. The Heat have been a blessing (to date) for the the NBA.

Also, ratings don't mean that much in the long run.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think heat got so much attention cause so many people wanted to see them fail. I was at the very top of that list lol.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good, a year after that dumbass Laker/Celtic series that nobody cared about except ESPN employees
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Good, a year after that dumbass Laker/Celtic series that nobody cared about except ESPN employees
Nobody cared about Boston-LAL? Are you kidding? The ratings last years finals went up 36% from the Finals in 2009.

LAL-Orl was a series nobody cared about.
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I think heat got so much attention cause so many people wanted to see them fail. I was at the very top of that list lol.
But for how long? I use to watch the baseball playoffs to watch the Yankees fail, then I just couldnt care less....and I still dont.

If the NBA has become routing against villians, the whole league will suffer in the long run.

Lets get the CBA negotiations started!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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this was an exciting finals. better than last years. no game 6 but closer games.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I liked this Finals better than previous years, because there was a clear-cut team that I was cheering for.

I don't know about others, but for me it's hard to cheer for a NBA team that is not the Raptors.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In contrast, the NHL game 7 drew 1/4 of that and most of that was in boston and it was their highest ratings in years. Lol
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