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Published February 6, 1996
TNT set a cable record for an NBA regular-season game with the Lakers-Bulls Friday night with a 7.1 rating. Over 4.7 million homes tuned into the game which pitted Michael Jordan against Magic Johnson. The peak was an 8.2 from 11-11:15 ET. The 7.1 is two full points higher than a March '95 Bulls-Knicks game -- then the 9th highest rated NBA game on cable. The others were seven playoff games and an All-Star Saturday telecast (Steve Zipay, NEWSDAY, 2/6). OTHER RATINGS: Sunday's rain caused CBS' Pebble Beach Pro- Am to "slip 53%" to a 2.4 rating. Saturday's coverage of celebrity golf drew a 4.1 (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/6). The overnight rating for Fox's NHL coverage was a 2.9, called "a good sign" by NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay as he notes that the NHL "generated a higher rating than any college basketball game on this weekend" (NEWSDAY, 2/6).