Game 5 second-highest rated since '98
ABC's broadcast of Detroit's 100-87 win got a 13.8 rating with a 23 share. That's 123 percent higher than Game 5 between San Antonio and New Jersey (6.2), and 23 percent better than Game 5 between the Lakers and Philadelphia in 2001 (11.2).
The only NBA Finals game since 1998 that got a higher rating was Game 6 between Indiana and Los Angeles (14.7) in 2000.
The average rating for the five games was an 11.5 with a 20, 77 percent higher than last year (6.5) and 13 percent better than 2002 (10.2).
The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Share is the percentage of homes with TVs in use. Each rating point represents about 1.08 million households.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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