The NBA’s opening day schedule drew large audiences, according to the Associated Press, signifying that the league may not feel long after effects of the lockout which cancelled the first few months of the season.
The AP reports that the Chicago Bulls vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game Sunday drew the third largest audience ever for a regular season game on ABC. The 6.5 overnight rating was reportedly only behind two separate Miami Heat vs. Lakers games, one occurring last season and another in 2004.
The Celtics vs. Knicks, Magic vs. Thunder, Clippers vs. Warriors and Heat vs. Mavericks games all brought in above average ratings as well. The NBA was aided by the fact that the NFL played the majority of their games this weekend on Saturday in observance of the Christmas holiday.