Last night’s game 1 of the NBA finals delivered impressive out-of-home viewership numbers, according to Tunity Analytics. The matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors on ABC averaged more than 6.8MM viewers. The audience skewed 80% male and 20% female versus last year’s 73% M / 27% F split. Sixty-five percent of viewers were in the A25-54 demo.
The Raptors are the first Canadian team to make the NBA Finals and hence are not associated with a U.S. home media market.
“Game one was down from an OOH average of 10.2 million viewers for the same game in 2018. The lack of a second U.S. home team coupled with the absence of LeBron James and Kevin Durant may have cost the game some viewers in out-of-home locations,” said Paul Lindstrom, head of research and analytics, Tunity Analytics. “This year’s higher male skew could also indicate that the games are attracting more of a hardcore fan base over casual viewers.”
In comparison, the Eastern Conference Finals averaged more than 2.3MM viewers over seven games on TNT and the Western Conference Finals averaged 4.1MM viewers over four games on ESPN.
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