Updated: December 26, 2012, 8:16 pm ET
NBA Christmas Day ratings big
If the Christmas Day ratings prove anything, it’s that for sports, the day belongs to the NBA.
The NBA’s five-game Christmas Day schedule delivered big numbers for the NBA on ABC and ESPN, based on overnight ratings according to Nielsen. And, no surprise here, the largest numbers of the day came from the New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center, which generated a 5.9 overnight rating and from the Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat in a rematch of the NBA Finals, which drew a 6.0 overnight rating..
ESPN televised three games and as a group, they averaged a 2.1 rating, up 17 percent from a 1.8 in 2010. (Note: Last year, the NBA on Christmas Day tipped off the 2011-12 NBA regular-season).
New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers (3 p.m. on ABC)
This is the highest overnight rating in this window since 2004.
Generated a 5.9 overnight rating, up 11 percent compared to Boston Celtics-Orlando Magic in 2010 (5.3).
Delivered a 9.2 rating in New York, which is the third best rating for an NBA regular-season game on ABC ever in the market.
Delivered an 11.9 rating in Los Angeles, which is the sixth best rating for an NBA regular-season game on ABC in the market.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (5:30 p.m. on ABC)
Generated a 6.0 overnight rating, making it the fourth highest-rated NBA regular-season game ever on ABC.
Delivered a 23.2 rating in the Oklahoma City, which is the highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ABC ever in the market.
Delivered a 15.9 rating in Miami, which is the highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ABC ever in the market.
Delivered a 10.9 rating in Tulsa, which is the highest-rated NBA regular-season game on ABC ever in the market.
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. on ESPN)
Generated a 2.0 overnight rating, up 54 percent compared to Portland Trail Blazers-Golden State Warriors in 2010 (1.3).
This is the second highest-rated ESPN Christmas Day primetime game ever.
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. on ESPN)
Generated a 1.7 overnight … [For more on NBA Christmas Day ratings big for ABC and ESPN, click here.]
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