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NBA Finals begin with highest rated Game 1 on ABC


Posted Jun 13 2012 2:49PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's victory over Miami in the opener of the NBA Finals drew the highest overnight rating ever for a Game 1 on ABC.

The game drew an 11.8 rating, according to Nielsen, an increase of 10 percent from the 10.7 for the Heat's Game 1 victory over Dallas last year.

The previous Game 1 record for ABC was in 2004, an 11.6 for the opener of Detroit's victory over the Lakers.

ESPN says Wednesday the game generated a 44.3 rating in Oklahoma City, the highest for an NBA game in that market.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

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