The NBA Finals matches with the highest TV ratings ever

The NBA Finals matches with the highest TV ratings ever

With the advent of the internet and online streaming, TV ratings across the board are no longer what they used to be.

However, as NBA followers can attest to, it’s still fun to learn about games that still attract a lot of viewers in the traditional sense – on TV.

So, with the 2022 NBA Finals on the brink of being decided, we I decided to take a look at the NBA Finals games with the highest ratings in the history of the league.

Spoiler alert: a lot of it has to do with its atmosphere, Michael Jordan.

Check out what we’ve found below.

source: SportsMediaWatch

1. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game Six

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evaluation: 22.3
Viewers: 35.89 million
result: Chicago 87, Utah 86

2. Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit: 1988 Finals Game 7

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evaluation: 21.2
result: LA Lakers 108 Detroit 105

3. Chicago vs. Phoenix: 1993 Finals, Game 6

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evaluation: 20.3
result: Chicago 99, Phoenix 98

4. Chicago vs. Utah: The 1997 Finals, Game Five

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evaluation: 20.1
Viewers: 30.26 million
result: Utah 88, Chicago 90

5. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game Five

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evaluation: 19.8
Viewers: 30.59 million
result: Chicago 81, Utah 83

5. Chicago vs. Phoenix: 1993 Finals, Game 4

evaluation: 19.8
result: Chicago 111, Phoenix 105

7. Chicago vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 1991 Finals, Game 5

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evaluation: 19.7
result: Chicago 108, Los Angeles Lakers 101

8. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game 4

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evaluation: 19.1
Viewers: 28.79 million
result: Chicago 86, Utah 82

9. Chicago vs. Phoenix: 1993 Finals, Game Five

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evaluation: 19.0
result: Chicago 98, Phoenix 108

10. Chicago vs. Seattle: 1996 Finals, Game Six

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evaluation: 18.8
result: Chicago 87, Seattle 75

11. Chicago vs. Utah: 1997 Finals, Game Six

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evaluation: 18.5
Viewers: 28.70 million
result: Chicago 90, Utah 86

12. Chicago vs. Seattle: 1996 Finals, Game Four

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evaluation: 18.1
result: Seattle 107, Chicago 86

13. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game One

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evaluation: 18.0
Viewers: 26.68 million
result: Utah 88, Chicago 85

14. New York vs Houston: 1994 Finals, Game Seven

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evaluation: 17.9
result: Houston 90, New York 84

15. Detroit vs Los Angeles Lakers: 1989 Finals, Game 4

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evaluation: 17.4
result: Detroit 105, Los Angeles Lakers 97

16. Chicago vs. Seattle: 1996 Finals, Game Five

evaluation: 17.2
result: Seattle 89, Chicago 78

17. Chicago vs. Phoenix: 1993 Finals, Game Three

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evaluation: 17.0
result: Phoenix 129, Chicago 121 (three times overtime)

18. Chicago vs. Utah: 1997 Finals, Game 4

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evaluation: 16.9
Viewers: 26.36 million
result: Utah 78, Chicago 73

19. Chicago vs. Seattle: 1996 Finals, Game One

evaluation: 16.8
result: Chicago 107, Seattle 90

19. Chicago vs. Phoenix: 1993 Finals, Game One

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evaluation: 16.8
result: Chicago 100, Phoenix 92

21. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game Two

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evaluation: 16.6
Viewers: 26.30 million
result: Utah 88, Chicago 93

22. Chicago vs. Utah: 1998 Finals, Game Three

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evaluation: 16.2
Viewers: 25.70 million
result: Chicago 96, Utah 54

23. Chicago vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 1991 Finals, Game Two

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evaluation: 16.1
result: Chicago 107, Los Angeles Lakers 86

23. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit: 1988 Finals, Game Five

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evaluation: 16.1
result: Detroit 104, Los Angeles Lakers 94

25. Golden State vs. Cleveland: Finals 2016, Game 7

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evaluation: 15.8
Viewers: 31.02 million
result: Golden State 89, Cleveland 93

25. Chicago vs. Utah: The 1997 Finals, Game One

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evaluation: 15.8
Viewers: 24.71 million
result: Chicago 84, Utah 82

25. Chicago vs. Seattle: 1996 Finals, Game Three

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evaluation: 15.8
result: Seattle 86, Chicago 108

28. Chicago vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 1991 Finals, Game Three

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evaluation: 15.7
result: Los Angeles Lakers 96, Chicago 104

29. Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston: 2010 Finals Game 7

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evaluation: 15.6
Viewers: 28.20 million
result: Los Angeles Lakers 83, Boston 79

30. Miami vs. San Antonio: Finals 2013, Game Seven

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evaluation: 15.3
Viewers: 26.32 million
result: Miami 95, San Antonio 88

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