Lakers-Warriors Christmas Day Game Delivers Record TV Ratings
Noah Graham-NBAE

Anticipation heading into the Christmas Day matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors translated to television ratings as the broadcast delivered a combined 6.5 metered market rating on ESPN and ABC.

It matched the fourth-highest rated Christmas game ever on ESPN and ABC, and was the highest-rated Christmas primetime game on the networks. Additionally, the ratings were up 97 percent from last season’s comparable game.

Overall, 2018 became the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day of the ESPN and ABC era (since 2002), based on combined overnight ratings from Nielsen. Though, that does not take into account the 2011 lockout-shortened season that began on Christmas.

ESPN’s and ABC’s coverage of this year’s five-game Christmas schedule generated a combined 18.7 metered market rating, which is an increase from a 16.0 rating last year.

When LeBron James signed a four-year contract with the Lakers in free agency, one of the prevailing storylines was the forthcoming matchups with the Warriors. They’ve met in each of the past four NBA Finals, with James clawing out one victory while a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This was also a fourth consecutive Christmas Day in which James faced the Warriors, and he’s now 2-2 in those meetings. However, it came at a cost as the 16-year veteran suffered a strained groin.

James is now tied for second all-time with nine wins on Christmas, while the Lakers (23) broke a tie with the New York Knicks for most victories on the holiday. The Lakers have played in 20 straight Christmas games.

Reminder: Vivid Seats is the Official Ticket Reseller of LakersNation.com. New Customers use “LAKERSNATION” (all CAPS) in the Vivid Seats App on your phone and get 10% off any Lakers home game ticket order for the remainder of the season.

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…