Game 5 rating up from 2006 series

Updated: June 11, 2011, 2:51 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The preliminary television rating for Game 5 of the NBA Finals was up 25 percent from the last time the same teams met in the championship series.

The Dallas Mavericks' 112-103 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday on ABC drew a 12.6 overnight rating. Game 5 in 2006 earned a 10.1.

The rating was down slightly from the 12.8 for the fifth game of last season's Celtics-Lakers series, the only higher Game 5 rating for the last seven years.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

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