A double extra time recreation between two of the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s most storied groups boosted ESPN’s Wednesday night time scores to its highest stage in 18 years, again on the league’s daybreak of the saggy shorts period.
Wednesday’s New York Knicks double extra time victory over the Boston Celtics averaged 1.96 million viewers, peaking with 2.87 million viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET. Total, final night time was ESPN’s most-watched season-opening doubleheader since 2017.
The doubleheader included the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets, which averaged 1.74 million viewers. That was up 39 % vs. 2020, up 10 % vs. 2019 and up 22 % vs. 2018.
The Knicks vs. Celtics recreation delivered a 3.5 ranking within the New York market, making it the highest-rated nationwide regular-season Knicks recreation telecast since 2017. The Knicks have revived within the final two years, making the playoffs final yr and buying two key gamers in Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier within the off season, boosting fan hopes.
The sport delivered a 4.0 ranking within the Boston market.
That is the 75th Anniversary Season of the NBA and ESPN’s 20th consecutive NBA season.