Home Sports Basketball Sports TV ratings are a lot healthier than the critics are likely... SportsBasketball Sports TV ratings are a lot healthier than the critics are likely to point out October 15, 2020 2 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LeBron James’ victory cigar was barely extinguished before one of the post-series subplots surrounding the 2020 NBA Finals began to take shape. After the Lakers vanquished the Heat on Sunday to win the 17th title in franchise history, plenty of attention shifted to how the six-game series performed in the television ratings. With the finals airing at the same time as the MLB playoffs and NFL regular season for the first time in history, the series averaged just short of 7.5 million viewers on ABC, making it the lowest-rated finals since such record keeping began in 1988, according to Sports Business Daily. That 49 percent TV ratings drop from last year’s NBA finals was hardly unique. Similar trends have been present across the board in 2020, ranging from U.S. Open tennis (45 percent), U.S. Open golf (42 percent), Stanley Cup playoffs (61 percent), Kentucky Derby (43 percent), college football (30 percent) and even a roughly 10 percent drop in the first… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michael Jordan does not think he could have survived Twitter era Report: NBA targeting Dec. 22 start, 72-game season to finish before Olympics NBA start target: December 22, before Christmas, 72 games, end by Olympics Thompson: Warriors saw Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman — top of draft board set? From rural Indiana to the NBA: How TCU’s Desmond Bane worked to get here The top 125 NBA players: Giannis, Harden, Kawhi and the LeBron reality Sports viewership unplugged: the facts behind the numbers The top 125 NBA players: The Athletic’s Player Tiers — from LeBron James to Tyler Herro What’s the No. 1 pick worth? As draft night nears, Wolves are trying to find out 2020 NBA Draft to be virtual experience on Nov. 18 Is the NBA planning to start next season on MLK Day? ‘They sweat, I sweat’: Lakers assistant Phil Handy put in work for another ring LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.