Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) fouls San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game, [auth] Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Miami. The Spurs defeated the Heat 92-88. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals’ television viewership for Game 1 was down 12 percent from last year.
The San Antonio Spurs’ win over the Heat on Thursday night on ABC was watched by 14.2 million people. That’s down from Miami’s appearances the previous two seasons, 16.2 million against Oklahoma City in 2012 and 15.2 against Dallas in 2011, but higher than the six years before that.