The Warriors and Thunder game seven was highest-rated NBA game in cable history

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The enthralling Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder will go down as one of the best in recent memory. 

The Warriors overturned a 3-1 deficit to win in seven games and became only the tenth team in NBA history to do so. 

The 96-88 game seven win at the Oracle Arena also went into the history books in terms of viewing figures. 

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The encounter was the most-watched NBA game ever on US cable television. The Dubs' victory - which secured a berth in the NBA Finals for the second straight year - drew an overnight rating of 11.2 on TNT. 

Turner Sports announced that the game averaged nearly 16 million viewers in total.

It surpassed the previous mark set by game seven of the 2012 playoff series between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

The clash was also the most watched non-Finals NBA broadcast since game seven of the 2000 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Monday's game seven in Oakland did so well it even outperformed some recent NBA Finals matchups. 

Per Fox Sports, the 11.2 was better than ratings from Games 1-3 of last season's showpiece between the Dubs and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Games four and five of the 2015 Finals earned an 11.7 and 11.8, respectively, while the Warriors' championship-clinching win in Game six earned a 13.4, the fourth-highest rating in NBA history, according to Sports Media Watch.

The encounter bettered the ratings of the entire Finals in 2012 and 2014. It also set an impressive mark across all sports, as it became the third-highest cable rating for a non-American football sporting event.

The only two games that performed better than Monday night's game seven were the 2015 NCAA Final Four game between Wisconsin and Kentucky (13.3) and the 2016 NCAA National Championship game between Villanova and UNC.

A rematch of last year's Finals matchup between Golden State and the Cavs is likely to break even more viewership records as basketball's two biggest superstars - Stephen Curry and LeBron James - go head to head once more for the game's biggest prize.

That will be music to the ears of American television network ABC who will be broadcasting the Finals. 

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated expects the ratings to top 20 million.

The interest in part two of the Warriors and the Cavaliers is extremely high due to the Ohio-based franchise coming into this year's version in full health. 

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love missed the majority of the Finals last season due to injury which gave the men from the Bay Area the upper hand, despite LeBron James' heroic efforts to will his city to its first championship.  

With the Wine and Gold seeking revenge and the Warriors looking to repeat, this has the makings of an extraordinary Finals. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. 

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