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Golden State-Oklahoma City on ABC Delivers Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Regular-Season Game on Any Network in Four Years (Non-Christmas)
The Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the Feb. 11 edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC averaged 6,036,000 viewers (p2+) and a 3.4 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network in four years (since Feb. 10, 2013, Lakers-Heat on ABC). According to Nielsen, the broadcast peaked with 7,038,000 viewers from 11-11:15 p.m. ET, despite 16 point margin of victory.
The PlayStation Vue Crossover – basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 – will feature a mix of NBA and college basketball analysts on the call of each game.
SC6’s Michael Smith & Jemele Hill as Guest Coaches
NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle to Join Mark Jones & Cassidy Hubbarth to Provide Commentary
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & James Worthy to Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose & Chauncey Billups for Special Edition of NBA Countdown This Friday
ESPN will air a special edition of NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, featuring Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, this Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy, both legendary members of the famed 1987 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team, will join NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups, in studio, halfway through the one-hour show.
The season debut of the NBA Sunday Showcase presented by Verizon Go90 series on ABC (Jan. 29) delivered double-digit audience increases, according to Nielsen. This past Sunday’s matchup – a 107-91 Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder – generated a total live average audience (television + streaming) of 3,230,000 million viewers, up 11 percent from 2,905,000 viewers last season for Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers.