Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3, right) and forward Blake Griffin (32, left) warm up before game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers vs. Warriors Game 4 was most watched sports game of entire week


This weekend saw the sports world rocked by the racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and as a result, a lot of people watched the Clippers-Warriors game on Sunday. That was the first game since the controversy came to light that the Clippers played and a majority of the people tuning in were less interested in the game itself than they were to see how the Clippers would react or if they’d protest.

Not only was it a highly watched game, but according to Nielsen it was the most watched sporting event of the past week — by far.

Rank Program Sports Event Date Network Unique Audience (000) Tweets (000)

1

NBA Basketball Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors 04/27/14 ABC

8,085

590

2

NBA Basketball Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder 04/21/14 TNT

6,072

781

3

NBA Basketball Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies 04/24/14 TNT

5,252

431

4

NBA Basketball Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat 04/23/14 TNT

4,913

254

5

NBA Basketball Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats 04/26/14 ESPN

4,714

224

6

NBA Basketball San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks 04/26/14 TNT

4,647

285

7

NBA Basketball Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers 04/27/14 TNT

4,456

476

8

MLB Baseball New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox 04/23/14 ESPN

4,400

163

9

NBA Basketball Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks 04/24/14 NBA TV

4,382

204

10

NBA Basketball Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets 04/23/14 TNT

4,359

393

It’s not surprising that the game was the most watched sports event of this past week as the fallout from Donald Sterling’s racist comments coming to light over the weekend dominated the sports news cycle. It’s a story that touches all sports, not just basketball and it’s one that isn’t going away anytime soon even if we all want the man involved to do so rather immediately.

The question is, how many Clippers fans will show up tomorrow night for Game 5 and what will the reception for not Donald Sterling be, but the players the fans need to support now more than any one fan base ever has.

[H/T: Nielsen]

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