The 2012 NBA Finals Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Miami Heat to take 1-0 series lead delivered the highest-rated, most-viewed Game 1 in ABC history. It generated a 9.9 household rating, 16,195,000 viewers (P2+) and 11,318,000 household impressions, all records, according to Nielsen.
The records surpass the previous marks set for Game 1 of the 2004 Finals – Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers 9.8 rating, 15,352,000 viewers and 10,634,000 households. Last nights game was also the highest-rated telecast of the night, propelling ABC to win the night across all networks (broadcast and cable) in viewership, household impressions and all key demos.
The complete press release is included after the jump.