TORONTO (May 13, 2019) Basketball broadcast history was made last night as 5.8 million Canadians watched some or all of the Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers nail-biting Game 7 on Sportsnet. A record-breaking average of 2.2 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched NBA game ever in Canada.
Sportsnet had a peak audience of 3.8 million Canadians at 9:33 p.m. ET as Kawhi Leonard made the shot heard around the basketball universe to send the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Wrapping up with an historic Game 7 performance, Sportsnet’s multiplatform coverage of the Raptors Round 2 series against the 76ers (Game 1, 3, 5 & 7) captured a series average audience of 1.3 million viewers and reached 6.8 million Canadian basketball fans, marking a 113% YOY increase over Round 2 in 2018.
The road to the NBA Finals continues on Sportsnet this Wednesday as the Raptors meet the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, and via stream on Sportsnet NOW. Fans can also listen to the action on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. Sportsnet will have TV coverage of Games 1, 3, and 6 of the Raptors vs. Bucks series, while Sportsnet 590 The FAN airs Games 1, 3, 5, and 7.
Source: Numeris; Ind.2+; Total Canada
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