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2012 NBA Finals, Heat Vs. Thunder: Television Ratings Soaring

Whatever side fans may fall on in the 2012 NBA Finals, they are indeed turning out to watch the games, turning out in droves. National interest in the Miami Heat versus the Oklahoma City Thunder is setting new ratings highs. In fact, Game 3, a 91-85 Miami win that gave them a 2-1 series lead, scored a Neilsen rating of 10.4 overnight.

ESPN says that this is the highest rated NBA series since 2004. Viewership spiked in the second half of Sunday night's game, probably the result of viewers jumping there following the end of the 2012 U.S. Open. Ratings in Oklahoma City have been particularly high for the broadcasts.

Game 4 is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. The game will again be broadcast on ABC.

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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