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Warriors NBA Finals Win Was Most Watched Since Jordan in 1998

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  • An average of 19.9 million watched Warriors win over Cavaliers
  • Jordan's 1998 title with Bulls averaged 29 million on NBC

The NBA Finals -- a showdown between Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors and LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers -- were the most-watched since 1998, when Michael Jordan last won the title.

An average of 19.9 million saw the Warriors win the best-of-seven series by four games to two. Jordan’s sixth and final National Basketball Association title with the Chicago Bulls averaged 29 million viewers on NBC, according to Horizon Media Inc.

This year’s championship series was the most-watched and highest-rated on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, which has aired the championship since 2003. The average audience was up 30 percent from the 2014 series between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, while the 11.6 household rating was up 26 percent.

ABC has won the night across all of television, broadcast or cable, for each of the past 48 NBA Finals games.

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