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Lakers-Heat get record ABC-TV ratings

March 06, 2012|By Diane Pucin
  • Kobe Bryant takes on Miami's LeBron James during Sunday's game at Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant takes on Miami's LeBron James during Sunday's game… (Michael Nelson / EPA )

ABC's broadcast last Sunday of the Miami Heat at the Lakers NBA game was the network's most-viewed non-Christmas Day, regular-season NBA game ever, according to the network.

The game averaged 7,037,000 viewers according to Nielsen ratings and received a 4.3 national rating, which tied ABC's previously highest-rated non-Christmas Day game -- a Lakers-Celtics contest Jan. 30, 2011.

The numbers were up 37% over a comparable game a year ago between the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. The game did receive a higher rating in Miami (13.9) than in Los Angeles though (9.6).

So does that mean Heat fans were more interested?

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