Ratings: Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Finals-Clinching Victory Trounces Competition

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The Milwaukee Bucks closed out their first NBA championship in 50 years last night, defeating the Phoenix Suns and completely dominating any and all broadcast TV competition. On Tuesday, the Bucks beat the Suns 105-98 to win the franchise’s first NBA title since 1971. The Suns, making only their third NBA Finals appearance, lost four straight games after winning the first two at home. The Bucks are the first team to go down 0-2 in the Finals and then win the next four since the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in 2006. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 50 points, was named the Finals MVP. Due to the nature of live sports, the below Nielsen numbers for ABC should be considered subject to significant adjustment. ABC was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen figures were put up by the Bucks’ NBA Finals win, along with a special “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and NBA Countdown preshow that aired back-to back in the 8 o’clock hour ahead of the primetime game. NBC was second in ratings with a 0.6 and in...

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