The Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra as well as the Bay Area Dragons were unquestionably a gold mine for The PBA.
Over a million viewers tuned in for the entire best-of-seven title series, according to data that arrived out of China three weeks after the Kings defeated the Dragons in a memorable Game 7 there at Philippine Arena.
Weibo as well as Douyin, two popular social media sites where the championship game were broadcast, attracted 1,223,632 audiences.
Total 174,804 people watched each game during the finals on average.
After returning to Hong Kong, Matt Beyer, co-founder and CEO of the East Asia Super League (EASL), offered the statistics.
Oddly, Game 4 garnered 241,939 viewers, surpassing Game 7 in terms of viewership. In that contest, the Dragons overcame the injury to import Andrew Nicholson to pull off a surprise victory of 94-86.
On the contrary, 150,217 people have watched the decisive game, which was played in front of an all-time-record crowd of 54,589 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Game six had 208,234 viewers, which was the second-highest attendance of the series. By winning this game 87-84 and adding original import Myles Powell to the active roster, the Dragons forced a winner-take-all matchup in the championship.
A final tally of 337,073 people watched the quick but intense semifinal between the San Miguel Beermen and the Dragons, or 84,268 on average per match.
With 129,645 viewers, Game 3, which the Beermen won 98-96 thanks to the heroics of Simon Enciso and import Devon Scott, received the most attention throughout the entire series.
The entire audience for Game 7 provided a boost to the already robust gate attendance.
A final count of 165,309 live viewers, or an average of 23,615, watched the entire finals.
Before the winner-take-all tournament, the final two games each attracted more than 20,000 spectators, with Game 5 drawing 21,823 and Game 6 drawing 22,361.