Cavaliers-Warriors Game 2 NBA Finals ratings up over last year

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LeBron James, clearly frustrated being down 0-2 to the Warriors, had no patience for a particular question asked after last night’s loss.
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The first two games of the NBA Finals have progressed the same as the start of last year’s championship round, as the Golden State Warriors cruised to victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But more people are watching, according to ESPN. Game 2 of the Finals broadcast on ABC drew a 12.7 rating in metered markets, a 7% improvement from the same game a year ago. The broadcast peaked at a 14.6 rating from 10-10:15 pm.

The first two games have averaged a 12.6 rating, up from a 12.5 in 2016.

Cleveland (32.4 rating) and the San Francisco-Oakland market (31.1) were, not surprisingly, the top-rated local markets.

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