ABC broadcast posts 14.4 rating, 23 share
ABC's broadcast got a 14.4 rating with a 23 share, up from the 8.7 with a 14 that Game 4 between San Antonio and New Jersey got in 2003. It was the highest-rated program of the night and the highest-rated NBA Finals game since the fourth game of the 2001 Finals.
Game 4 between the Lakers and the Nets in 2002 got a 12.0 rating with a 20 share, 20 percent lower than this year.
The Pistons lead the NBA Finals 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday night.
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press