The Hawks beat the 76ers this past Sunday in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for just the second time in the last 50 years, and the entire country was watching as Atlanta pulled off the upset while Ben Simmons and company crumbled. According to John Ourand, the Hawks-Sixers game tallied more viewers (6.162 million) than the final round at the US Open (5.669 million), Sun-Clippers Game 1 (4.525 million), Nascar (2.59 million), and Knights-Canadiens Game 4 (1.321 million).
Sunday Sports TV
Hawks-Sixers on TNT: 6.162 million viewers
US Open on NBC: 5.669 million
Suns-Clippers on ABC: 4.525 million
NASCAR on NBC: 2.59 million
Knights-Canadiens on NBC: 1.321 million
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) June 22, 2021
The NBA Finals will be without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. Of course, many of those in the media would prefer for the Lakers, Warriors, Celtics, or Knicks to be in their respective Conference Finals, but these numbers prove that parity is good for the NBA. Game 7 of the Hawks-Sixers series was not only the highest viewed sporting event on Sunday, but it was also one of the most-viewed playoff games this season.
Game 7 of Hawks-Sixers was one of the most-viewed playoff games this season. pic.twitter.com/N80oPAInvR
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) June 22, 2021
Hopefully, this will earn the Hawks more primetime games next season, but for now, this team led by Trae Young has officially put the league on notice. The accolades and media coverage will soon follow.
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