The matchup on Wednesday night between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs, which marked the debut of Victor Wembanyama, achieved an impressive 1.7 rating with 2.99 million viewers on ESPN.
These figures mark it as the most-watched opening week game on the network since 2018, reaching a peak of 3.9 million viewers during the game.
In the first half of the doubleheader on the network, featuring the Celtics and Knicks, the average viewership was 2.55 million, with a peak of 4.35 million viewers.
Overall, the average viewership for the night almost equaled the NBA Opening Night average of 2.78 million viewers.
Victor Wembanyama Debut Averages 2.99M Viewers, Most-Watched Opening Week Game On ESPN Since 2018 https://t.co/HDJpIRAbHW
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