Rosenthal: Game 2 of Bulls-Heat Matched Game 1 Record-Setting TV Ratings for TNT

Rosenthal: Game 2 of Bulls-Heat Matched Game 1 Record-Setting TV Ratings for TNT

The exact national numbers will be released later Thursday, but TNT averaged the 7.4 rating on Wednesday evening in metered markets they had for Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bulls and Heat, Phil Rosenthal is reporting early (Chicago Tribune).

In Chicago, Thursday's Bulls loss averaged a 24.6 rating (approx. 860k homes) in the local market, up from Sunday's 24.3, walloping the 13.2 household rating for "American Idol". In Miami, the game averaged a 22.4 rating (approx. 350k homes), down from Sunday's 23.3.
Sunday was the most watched basketball game in cable TV history.
UPDATE: via Rosenthal:

Nationally, the game averaged 10 million total viewers and a 6.1 household rating, although the overnight rating in the metered markets for Game 2 was the same 7.4 household rating as Sunday night's Game 1, which attracted more overall viewers.
The Bulls-Heat series opener Sunday earned a 6.2 household rating but total viewership of 11.109 million, setting a record as the most-watched basketball telecast ever on cable despite competition from the season finales of CBS' "Survivor" and ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

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