DETROIT, Mich., June 14 – San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s stellar performance in The Finals is driving record global audiences as Game 2 between the Spurs and Detroit Pistons drew an estimated 115 million viewers. Game 2’s record audience follows the more than 105 million viewers estimated to have tuned in for Game 1.
In Argentina, Ginobili’s home country, The Finals have attracted an estimated 4.25 million viewers through the first two games. In the United States, Game 2 of The Finals on ABC was the most watched program on Sunday, with 10.67 million viewers.
With 205 countries televising The Finals and a record seven international players competing for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, the games are also drawing record audiences in other countries. An estimated 50 million viewers in China watched Game 1 and Game 2, more than double the number of viewers tuning in for Games 1 and 2 of the 2004 NBA Finals.
Manu Ginobili (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)