From the television-ratings perspective, the worst part of the Miami Heat-Chicago Bulls Eastern Conference finals series is that it is over.
Continuing the pattern set earlier in the series, Thursday's Game 5 of the series, an 83-80 Heat victory at the United Center, was the fourth most-watched NBA game in cable-television history, with the TNT broadcast attracting 10.4 million viewers.
Game 1 of the series set a cable record with 11.1 million total viewers and Game 3 was the second-most-watched NBA game in cable history, with 10.9 million total viewers.
Thursday's game was the last on cable this season, with ABC televising the NBA Finals between the Heat and Dallas Mavericks, a series that opens Tuesday at 9 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat-Bulls series was the most-watched conference finals ever on cable, averaging 10.4 million viewers per game.