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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.