Details on NBA Return Ratings

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Outkick has learned the following viewership numbers for last night’s return of the NBA on TNT:

Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million

Last week on ESPN, these were the MLB return numbers:

Yankees-Nationals: 4.0 million
Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million

To be fair this is a comparison between MLB Opening Day for the season versus an NBA resumption where the playoff picture isn’t really going to get impacted very much. Further, these NBA games were also on on the RSNs in local markets. The numbers last night doubled the typical TNT weeknight doubleheader.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Are these good numbers, I don’t know what the author wants to imply here (or if he is at all). Those look like decent numbers considering, but I don’t know what you are comparing them to. Perhaps you could compare early-round playoff numbers from last year?

  2. DraftKings had a big $25 contest for today’s games. I stopped playing NBA DFS; however, I received an offer a few hours before afternoon tip off for 5,000 crowns to enter this contest (The crowns alone had about a $10 value. Plus, it puts you in a higher bracket for monthly rewards).

    DK was expecting more than 140,000 entries. When I checked with one hour to go, they had 86,000. I’d never seen that huge of a gap before. I believe they ended around 100,000.

    Not sure how much of that was them wildly overestimating interest for their game or NBA in general.

  3. Hey, Outkickers — Versus the boring and hyper-political NBA, watch Kingdom on Netflix. It’s about an MMA coach and his two sons — plus another great fighter played by Friday Night Lights star Matt Lauria. It’s an action packed series that’s way more entertaining than the NBA or MLB.

  4. I am a huge sports fan in general and it pains me to say it seems I won’t be watching anything this year. My love of sports has earned me my fair share of marital arguements along the way. Not anymore. I could maybe get past the more minimal MLB stuff if I weren’t a Red Sox fan having to remember they bought a 250 foot billboard to celebrate Marxist BLM.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the NFL week 1 numbers look like when they promote more segregation and racism with dual national anthems. I’ll be missing that too.

  5. According to reports, since opening night the ratings have dropped significantly. We’ll see just how committed these woke athletes are when it becomes apparent reduced TV contracts will cost them salary money. My guess is they will stand up real fast!

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