PGA Championship Ratings Crush LeBron, NBA Playoffs
If I told you that the PGA Championship was going to crush the NBA playoffs in ratings, you would have said “impossible.”
Well, it just happened.
According to Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, about 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Phil Mickelson win the PGA Championship. Ratings peaked between 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
The NBA’s top game on Sunday featured LeBron James and the Lakers against the Suns.
That game drew an average of 4.4 million.
The PGA Championship beat it by 50%.
“There really shouldn’t be anyone surprised by these numbers. They shouldn’t be surprised at all. It’s not a secret at all that a lot of people have given up on the NBA. It went from being a league about winning basketball games to a league that lectures people all the time. The Lakers and LeBron James are in a huge series and they still couldn’t even average five million viewers,” writes David Hookstead of The Daily Caller in an editorial.
Golf’s next major is the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The NBA will still be in the middle of their playoffs.
It will be interesting to see the rematch.