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Raptors drew staggering TV ratings in Canada for Game 6 of NBA Finals

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The Toronto Raptors set record after record with TV ratings during their playoff run, which culminated in some truly staggering numbers as they closed out the NBA Finals in Game 6 on Thursday night.

The game averaged 7.7 million viewers across all channels in Canada, making it the most-watched TV program in the country in three years and the most-watched NBA game ever in Canada. About 15.9 million Canadians were estimated to have tuned into some part of the game, which represents 44% of the country’s population and is a record.

The ratings in Toronto and Hamilton were especially impressive. Eighty-two percent of people watching TV in Toronto and Hamilton tuned into the Raptors, which is the highest non-Olympics audience in the market.

The Raptors just experienced their best season in franchise history. Their 58 regular-season wins were their second-highest total. Unlike past years when they had to contend with LeBron James in the Eastern Conference, James’ exodus to the Lakers in the Western Conference gave the Raptors a new hope. They took advantage of the opportunity by acquiring Kawhi Leonard and later Marc Gasol in a trade, really making a run for the title. It paid off, and now the popularity of the Raptors in Toronto and the country is at an all-time high.

Related slideshow: 2019 NBA Finals (Provided by imagn)

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