Celtics-Lakers Delivers Highest NBA Regular- Season Rating in Four Years


Lakers Win Over Celtics on ABC Earns Highest Regular-Season Rating in Four Years Audience is 66 Percent Higher than Last Year’s Christmas Game

The Christmas day rematch of last year’s Finals, in which the Los Angeles Lakers broke the Boston Celtic’s 19-game win streak 92-83, earned a 5.3 household rating on a fast-national basis, the highest-rated regular season NBA game in four years. The rating was 51 percent higher than last year’s late Christmas game on ABC, Phoenix Suns vs. Lakers (3.5), and delivered a 65 percent larger audience (9,960,378 viewers vs. 5,984,539).

In addition, the early game on ABC, San Antonio Spurs-Phoenix Suns, earned a 3.2 household rating, up three percent from last year’s early Christmas game on ABC, Miami vs. Cleveland (3.1) and a 15 percent larger audience (5,757,393 viewers vs. 5,020,417). Roger Mason hit a three-point shot at the buzzer for the Spurs to beat the Suns 91-90.

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However, it’s nice to see that Belichick is still feisty. He just turned 60 years old and it’s been seven seasons (going on eight) since the Patriots last won the big one. Three rings bought a lot of good will, but even he has to realize that the bank account’s getting low.

— Mark Farinella, Sun-Chronicle, 6/17/12