Ratings Double as NBA Returns with Doubleheader

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers of the game at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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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.

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