Highest-Rated NBA Christmas Day Tripleheader Ever on ESPN

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December 26th, 2013

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Highest-Rated NBA Christmas Day Tripleheader Ever on ESPN

ESPN’s Best NBA Christmas Day Prime-Time Doubleheader

Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs Delivers Best Christmas Day rating Ever in Prime Time

 

The 2013 NBA Christmas Day tripleheader on ESPN averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated ever for the network, according to Nielsen. The tripleheader was up 10 percent from a 2.1 in 2012, which was the previous best.

 

In addition, ESPN’s prime-time doubleheader averaged a 2.3 rating, up 21 percent from a 1.9 in 2012, making it the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day prime-time doubleheader ever. The doubleheader was led by the Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs game, which scored a 2.4 overnight rating, an all-time best for an NBA Christmas Day game in a prime-time window.

 

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (8 p.m. ET)

  • It generated a 2.4 overnight rating, which is the best-ever for an NBA Christmas Day game in a prime-time window;
  • The telecast was up 41 percent compared to the Rockets at Chicago Bulls game in 2012 (1.7);
  • The game generated a 5.6 rating in Houston, which is the second highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ESPN ever in the market.

 

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m.)

  • It generated a 2.3 overnight rating, matching the second highest-rated NBA Christmas Day telecast on ESPN ever in prime time;
  • The telecast was up 15 percent compared to the Denver Nuggets at Clippers game in 2012 (2.0);
  • The game generated a 3.9 rating in San Francisco, which is the third highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ESPN ever in the market;
  • In Los Angeles, the game scored a 4.7 rating, which is the fifth highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ESPN ever in the market.

 

Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (12 p.m.)

  • It generated a 2.3 overnight rating;
  • The telecast delivered a 3.1 rating in the Chicago market and a 2.9 in the New York market.

 

NBA Christmas Day on ABC

The defending NBA Champion Miami Heat’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers delivered a 4.9 overnight rating, while the Oklahoma City Thunder’s victory over the New York Knicks generated a 3.7.

 
  • Joseph

    The prime-time game between Houston and San Antonio appears to have drawn more viewers than any broadcast network show on Christmas Night.

    Although “Monday Night Football” has ended, ESPN will have a slew of bowl games the next week-and-a-half. Except for this Sunday (December 29th), and the following Saturday (January 4th), when NFL games will dominate the ratings, ESPN will likely win the ratings race in key demos and perhaps overall viewers on all other nights through the BCS Championship Game on January 6th.

  • Sam

    What were the ratings of the two ABC games?

  • Sam

    Probably should have read the end, my bad.

  • Ugh!

    ABC games were some of the lowest rated ever.

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