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    Ginebra-Bay Area title series draws over 1 million Chinese viewers

    Curiously, it's Game 4 - not Game 7 - which drew the most viewers from China
    Feb 6, 2023

    THE PBA obviously hit a gold mine in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and the Bay Area Dragons.

    Three weeks since the Kings beat the Dragons in a deciding Game 7 to remember at the Philippine Arena, numbers which came out of China showed more than a million viewers tuned in during the entire best-of-seven title series.

    A total of 1,223,632 viewers were drawn from social media platforms where the finals was shown, including Weibo and Douyin.

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    Overall, the finals averaged an audience of 174,804 per game.

    The figures were provided by East Asia Super League (EASL) co-founder and CEO Matt Beyer upon his return to Hong Kong.

    Curiously, it’s not Game 7, but Game 4 which attracted the most number of viewers with 241,939. That game saw the Dragons buck the absence of injured import Andrew Nicholson to pull off a 94-86 upset.


    The deciding match, played before a all-time record crowd of 54,589 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, on the other hand, was watched by 150,217 viewers.


      Anticipating the series would be over, Game 6 was the second most watched with 208,234. The Dragons, inserting original import Myles Powell in the active roster, took this one, 87-84, to push the finals into a winner-take-all affair.

      Meanwhile, the short but very competitive semifinals between the Dragons and the San Miguel Beermen pulled a total of 337,073 viewers or an average of 84,268 per game.

      Game 3 which the Beermen won, 98-96, behind the heroics of Simon Enciso and import Devon Scott was the most watched in the series with 129, 645.

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      Gate attendance was just as robust topped by the record crowd in Game 7.

      The entire finals was watched by a total of 165,309 live audience or an average of 23,615.

      The last two games prior to the winner-take-all match surpassed the 20,000 mark, with Game 5 attracting 21,823 and Game 6 with 22,361

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