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Big television ratings for Game 6… Game 7 might be huge


Ray Allen (R) of the Miami Heat shoots a three-pointer before Tony Parker (2nd-R) of the San Antonio Spurs to tie the game with five seconds remaining in regrlar time during Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated San Antonio 103-100 in overtime to even the best-of-seven championship series 3-3. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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As a series moves deeper ratings go up — and Game 6 lived up to that, with a huge jump in viewership for ABC.

An estimated 16.8 million people — a 14.7 rating — tuned in to watch Game 6, ESPN announced. The previous high this series had been 11.4 million viewers for a game (a 10 rating for Game 4 Thursday).

That Game 6 viewership is the fourth highest all time for an ABC finals game, trailing only the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Game 7 in 2010 (18.2 ratings points), Los Angeles Lakers-Detroit Pistons Game 5 in 2004 (15.5) and Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks Game 6 in 2011 (15.0).

After a thrilling Game 6, ABC can expect some gigantic numbers for Game 7 Thursday night.

Let’s just hope it’s as entertaining a game.