ABC averaged 3.03 million viewers for its 19-game NBA r…

ABC averaged 3.03 million viewers for its 19-game NBA regular season schedule, up 13% from last year and up 3% from two seasons ago. Its season finale, Nuggets-Lakers last Sunday, drew a 1.7 rating and 2.89 million — up 75% in ratings and as much as 64% in viewership from Lakers-Clippers on the same Sunday last year (1.0, 1.76M*) and comfortably ahead of its more meaningful Mavericks-Bucks lead-in (1.2, 2.11M). Despite the Lakers’ elimination from the playoffs and the absence of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis, Lakers-Warriors averaged 1.64 million on TNT Thursday — up as much as 45% from Suns-Clippers last year (1.13M*). Celtics-Bucks drew a 0.8 (+36%) and 1.35 million (+35%*) earlier in the night.
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