ABC's broadcast got a 14.4 rating with a 23 share, up from the 8.7 with a 14 that Game 4 between San Antonio and New Jersey got in 2003. It was the highest-rated program of the night and the highest-rated NBA Finals game since the fourth game of the 2001 Finals.
Game 4 between the Lakers and the Nets in 2002 got a 12.0 rating with a 20 share, 20 percent lower than this year.
The Pistons lead the NBA Finals 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday night.
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.