Friday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics was viewed by a record-breaking audience, NBA Canada Monday announced.
As the Raptors and Celtics battled to the final moments of what was an instant classic, an average audience of 2.65 million Canadians were tuned in on TSN and RDS, giving Game 7 the highest average Canadian audience of any game in the 2020 postseason.
This figure of 2.65 million also makes Game 7 the most-watched second round playoff game ever for the Raptors.
The NBA also announced that the game reached a total of 6.043 million Canadian viewers on TSN and RDS over the course of the game, giving Game 7 the highest Canadian reach of any 2020 NBA Playoff Game.
Game 7 was also a hit stateside, as an average of 4.69 million American viewers tuned in on TNT, the second-largest audience of the NBA restart behind only Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, which aired on ABC (5.47 million viewers).
In the Boston area, Game 7 was the most-watched game since the Celtics met the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.
Game 7 wraps a postseason of viewership records for the Raptors, whose postseason average audience was up 26% from last season on TSN, Sportsnet and RDS combined, meaning a record number of fans were tuned in for Toronto's valiant title defence.
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