Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat had a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic to go with 5.31 million viewers overall. The telecast won the night in the 18-49 demographic.
The Lakers defeated the Heat 116-98 in a game that was not as close as the final score.
Game 1 of the 2019 Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors drew 13.5 million viewers while Game 1 in 2018 between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers drew 17.7 million viewers.
Television ratings are down dramatically across the board during the COVID-19 pandemic.