Robust tune-in for NBA play-in video games – thqaftqlm

Robust tune-in for NBA play-in video games

Now in its third yr, the NBA Play-in Event continues to show its value within the rankings.

Tuesday’s Timberwolves-Lakers NBA Play-in Event sport averaged 3.47 million viewers on TNT, the second-largest viewers within the younger historical past of the occasion (17 whole video games). The Lakers’ earlier play-in sport — in opposition to the Warriors on ESPN two years in the past — holds the highest spot at properly over 5 million. Scores weren’t instantly out there.

The Lakers’ time beyond regulation win elevated 29% from Clippers-Timberwolves in the same window final yr (2.70M).

For the season, it ranks second amongst NBA video games on cable behind Lakers-Warriors on TNT Opening Night time (3.55M). Even together with ABC video games, it nonetheless ranks among the many prime ten (ninth).

The opposite Western Convention play-in sport — Thunder-Pelicans on ESPN Wednesday night time — additionally elevated double-digits. Oklahoma Metropolis’s win averaged 2.86 million, up 17% from Spurs-Pelicans final season (2.44M) and the third-largest play-in viewers on document. It ranks fifth for the season on cable (14th together with ABC).

Regardless of pitting comparatively low-profile groups, Thunder-Pelicans additionally delivered the third-largest basketball viewers on the ESPN cable networks this season — trailing the NCAA ladies’s basketball nationwide semifinals (Iowa-South Carolina: 5.5M; LSU-Virginia Tech: 3.4M) and barely forward of a Duke-North Carolina males’s common season sport (2.858 to 2.855M).

Shifting to the Japanese Convention, Hawks-Warmth averaged 2.25 million on TNT Tuesday — down 9% from Cavaliers-Nets final yr (2.48M) — and Bulls-Raptors 2.18 million on ESPN Wednesday (+3%). These video games additionally rank among the many prime ten on cable this season, with Hawks-Warmth eighth and Bulls-Raptors ninth.

Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the play-in video games ranked first and second throughout all of tv in each adults 18-49 and 18-34. Tuesday’s video games additionally positioned first and second in 25-54, whereas Wednesday’s video games ranked first and third (“Survivor” on CBS edged Bulls-Raptors in that demo).

(Nielsen estimates from ShowBuzz Each day 4.12, 4.13, Programming Insider 4.12)

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