The return of the NBA drew double the viewership games on TNT had been drawing before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live sports.
Thursday night’s doubleheader drew an average of 3.4 million viewers, up 109% from the average viewership this season before the stoppage.
Viewing peaked at 9:45 p.m.-10 p.m. ET during the second game of the double header when 4.1 million people watched the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers.
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The first game featured the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Turner Sports’ Inside the NBA racked up its highest viewership since the start of the 2018-19 season, averaging 1.3 million viewers. That’s up 101% from earlier telecasts this season.