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In terms of ratings, the Cavaliers-Celtics clash at TD Garden was most definitely a Sunday drive, at least according to ratings.
ESPN announced that Cleveland’s 121-99 triumph over Boston was ABC’s highest-rated NBA Sunday Showcase broadcast since 2015, according to metered-market ratings from Nielsen.
The broadcast of Cleveland’s victory drew a 3.6 metered-market rating, a 57-percent increase from last year’s game that featured San Antonio and New York (2.3).
The numbers peaked at a 4.0 from 5:15 -5:30 p.m. and again from5:45-6 p.m.
The Cavaliers-Celtics game is now the fourth-highest rated NBA broadcast of the 2017-18 season, across all networks.
In terms of cities, the Cleveland market drew a 20.5 rating, with Columbus being next in line at 8.1. Rounding out the top five markets were Norfolk (6.5), Dayton (6.2) and Birmingham (5.5).
The game produced a 5.5 rating in Boston.