Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors yielded the lowest scores for a first game of the final in 10 years.
The game, which produced a stunning victory for Toronto over the defending champions, scored a 10.1 on the measured market homes. That's 18% less than last year's 12.3 and represents the lowest score for any NBA finals game since 2013. Maybe the low figure is not surprising, given that these are the first eight-year finals for not presenting LeBron James, and the fifth in a row to present the dominant Golden State warriors.
In the overnight rankings, Game 1 scored 3.9 on key demographics 18-49 and 10.77 million total viewers, although due to the nature of live sports, those numbers will be subject to adjustments. That rating is a significant drop compared to Game 1 last year, which attracted 5.1 and 13.6 million viewers. The first game of the 2017 finals scored 5.9 on adults 18-49 and 15.7 million viewers, while Game 1 of 2016 scored 7.3 and 19.2 million viewers.
However, despite the low numbers, the Warriors-Raptors game gave ABC a substantial victory on Thursday night. The network averaged a 3.3 rating all night, well ahead of CBS in second place with 0.7 and NBC and Fox who tied with 0.4.
At the beginning of ABC, the special "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" attracted 2.1 and 7.5 million viewers. "NBA Countdown" attracted 2.2 and 6.8 million viewers.