NEW YORK -- Game 2 of the NBA finals lost nearly one-third
of its television audience from last year.
The San Antonio Spurs' lopsided victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, pitted against the series finale of "The Sopranos,"
drew a 5.6 national rating and a 10 share on ABC on Sunday night.
That's down 30 percent from the 8.0/14 received by the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat in 2006.
The ratings for Game 1 fell 19 percent from last year.
Ratings increased from Game 1 to Game 2 in 2006, but they
declined this season.
The rating is the percentage watching a telecast among all homes
with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned in to a
broadcast among those households with televisions on at the time. A
ratings point represents 1,114,000 households.
"The Sopranos" finale was watched by an estimated 11.9 million
people on HBO, which is available in about 30 million homes. Game 2
was watched by approximately 8.6 million viewers on ABC, which is
available in about 111 million households.