Vegeta10176 wrote: Raps in 4 wrote:
For the tv networks the Canadian viewers are not relevant for advertising sales.. also if LBJ had been in the playoffs overall ratings would be even higher and if GSW were fully healthy and sweeping the Raptors which would happen if Healthy then the ratings would of course also be down..
Was Lebron not in the finals in 2017 and 2018?
And of course Canadian ratings matter. They matter to the NBA and they matter to the networks in Canada.
The ratings for the east playoff run was better with LBJ but ppl stopped tuning into the cavs v warriors final when a sweep especially after the ruined game 1 was inevitable.. If Raptors had faced a fully healthy GSW rating would of been down again because we all know it would be a sweep.. Though at no point this year was GSW as dominant as years past..
The rating was not better soley because of LBJ, and you yourself said why - IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO WATCH INEVITABLE AND ONE SIDED SERIES. Imean who wants to watch a finals that are constantly a blowout. A lot of other factors also contribute like market sizes of the teams involved, dramas like the injuries that unfortunately happened in this year's finals, and storylines that the media is able to create.
Like it or not, the casuals are the ones bumping the ratings up and they won't simply watch NBA because they suddenly liked the sport. They watch because they hear interesting stuff on the news or other people around them. If you get them to watch and got bored from seeing a blowout game then you instantly lose those viewers.