While it didn’t go the full seven games, the Western Conference semifinal series between Lakers and Warriors managed to draw some staggering viewership numbers.
The matchup between Los Angeles and Golden State has a lot of appeal, with stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry fighting it out for a conference finals berth. The series aired on ESPN, TNT and ABC, and according to NBA Communicationsit was the most-watched conference semifinals in nearly three decades.
With an average of 7.8 million viewers over six games, the Lakers-Warriors semifinal matchup drew the most viewers for a second-round series in 27 years.
The Los Angeles Lakers-Golden State Warriors series averaged 7.8M viewers across ABC, ESPN and TNT, making it the most-watched Conference Semifinals series in 27 years. pic.twitter.com/pJxc2dSp60
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 15, 2023
Additionally, Game 6 of the series, broadcast on ESPN, was the most-watched conference semifinal game since 2011, drawing an average of 8.64 million viewers and a peak of 9.295. million. The Lakers won Game 6, 122-101.
Considering the deaths of star players representing each team, it’s not hard to see why there’s so much interest in the matchup. While they have squared off several times in the Finals, the early playoff matchup between Curry and James has never happened before, adding to the intrigue surrounding their second-round Western Conference matchup.
Los Angeles closed out the series with a win on Friday, successfully booking their ticket to the Western Conference finals to face the Nuggets.