It was easy to tell from the initial game-by-game viewership numbers for the 2020 NBA Finals, that the league was headed for historic ratings futility. Though, it’s still incredible that it ever go this bad.
As Ryan Glasspiegel at Outkick reports, the game-by-game viewership drops compared to the 2019 Finals are beyond bad.
Game 1 of the 2020 Finals was down 45.15 percent from 2019, Game 2 was down 52.95, Game 3 was even worse at 55.80, Game 4 slightly increased to a still bad 42.71, Game 5 back down 51.53, and Game 6 came in at 50.79.
The average viewership number of 7.45 million is the lowest number on record.
As Glasspiegel writes:
Yes, there are a number of variables affecting the numbers for the NBA. It is playing out of season. There were no fans at the games and it makes the viewing experience feel less communal.