Warriors-Cavaliers Round 3 most-watched NBA Finals since 1998

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Lebron James said he has nothing to hang his head about after the Warriors finished off his Cavaliers to win the NBA title. USA TODAY Sports

The third installment of the Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals trilogy was the most-watched Finals series since Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls downed the Utah Jazz in 1998.

According to Nielsen (via ESPN on ABC), the five-game series — which Golden State wrapped up on Monday night with a 129-120 win over the defending champs — averaged a total live audience (television and streaming) of 20.8 million viewers, up from 20.6 million viewers from the seven-game series between these teams a year ago.



Monday night's game, which had a total live audience of 25 million average viewers, was the most-watched Game 5 since 1998 and saw a 20% increase from last year's Game 5. It peaked with 29.5 million viewers at 11:30 p.m. ET, as the Warriors were fending off Cleveland's late-game run.

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