Blazers Vs. Lakers Season Opener Set NBA TV Ratings Record

Jaime Valdez-US PRESSWIRE

The opening night game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers proved to be record-setting.

Damian Lillard wasn't the only person to set records with his debut on Wednesday.

The NBA announced Friday that the opening night game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers was record-setting from a television ratings perspective.

NBA TV's Coverage of Lakers vs. Trail Blazers Generates Network's Most-Viewed Telecast Ever

Most-Viewed Opening Night in NBA TV History

NBA TV's telecast featuring the Los Angeles Lakers, with offseason acquisitions Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, visiting the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 p.m. ET generated an average of 868,000 total viewers to become the network's most-viewed telecast ever. The prior mark was set by NBA TV's premiere of the Dream Team documentary with an average of 847,000 total viewers. Previously, the most-viewed NBA game airing on the network was an NBA Playoff Game 5 between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs on April 27, 2011, with an average of 835,000 total viewers.

The network's opening night doubleheader - San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Hornets at 8 p.m., with an average of 638,000 total viewers leading into the Lakers/Trail Blazers game - averaged 758,000 total viewers to net NBA TV's most-viewed opening night ever. The doubleheader peaked with an average of 950,000 total viewers from 10:15-10:30 p.m.

The Blazers defeated the Lakers 116-106.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver | Twitter

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