Game 1 of Heat-Mavs draws impressive numbers

Game 1 of the Miami-Dallas matchup in the NBA finals generated a

10.7 overnight rating on ABC, the most for an opening game in the

league’s title series since 2004.

The network said that’s up 3 percent over the numbers generated

by Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics meeting in the

finals last year, and up 15 percent over the opener of the

Heat-Mavericks series in 2006.

Miami was the highest-rated metered market with a 31.9 rating,

up 28 percent over Game 1 of the 2006 finals. Dallas (29.9) was the

market watching second-most, followed by West Palm Beach, San

Antonio, Memphis, New Orleans and Cleveland – the city where LeBron

James spent his first seven seasons.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions

tuned into a program. Overnight ratings represent the nation’s

largest markets.