NBA Finals tie 2011 average preliminary TV rating

MIAMI (AP) -- The NBA Finals have matched last year's average preliminary television rating with one fewer game.

The five games between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder on ABC averaged an 11.8 overnight rating, the same as the 2011 Heat-Mavericks series that went six games.

The Heat's championship-clinching victory Thursday night earned a 12.6 overnight rating, equal to last year's Game 5.

In Miami, the game drew a 40.3 rating, the highest for an NBA game in the market.

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

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