It was looking a little uncertain for a while whether or not NBA fans would have a season to look forward to this winter, but basketball is back and (almost) better than ever!
The TNT broadcast of the New York Knicks' opening game against the Boston Celtics was the fourth most-watched regular season NBA game in cable history and the highest-rated Christmas game in cable history with an average of 5.9 million viewers.
Not bad, guys!
ABC also scored big with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Chicago Bulls and broadcasted the network's third highest-rated regular season game ever!
Even ESPN's Christmas day rating's jumped 26% with smaller games like Orlando and Oklahoma City, then 77% when the L.A. Clippers took on Golden State.
It looks like the lockout actually raised the interest in the sport! Let's see if the games keep people invested.
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