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      The NBA Finals are a ratings hit

      The San Antonio Spurs' redemption title was a big hit with television viewers.



      Nearly 18 million viewers tuned in to watch the Spurs clinch in Game 5 on Sunday night.

      That's a 10 percent increase from Game 5 between the same teams last year.

      Nielsen says viewership peaked at 22.4 million in the last half hour of the Spurs' 104-87 win.



      The 10.3 national rating on ABC was up from 9.5 last year.



      The five-game series averaged 15.5 million viewers and a 9.3 rating.

      That's up from 15.1 million viewers and a 9.1 rating through five games of the 2013 classic series.



      Nielsen Social says it was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year, with more than 6.4 million tweets.

      The Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, preventing the Heat from winning three straight titles.




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