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TNT Draws NBA's Best Opening Night Doubleheader Overnight Rating Since '13

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 18 / 17

TNT last night drew its best overnight rating for an NBA season-opening doubleheader since '13. The combination of Celtics-Cavaliers and Rockets-Warriors led to a 3.5 overnight, which is the best figure since the net drew a 3.6 for Bulls-Heat and Clippers-Lakers to start the '13-14 season. Last nigh...

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