NBA All-Star game ratings are best since 2013

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NEW YORK - The NBA All-Star game drew an av­er­age au­di­ence of 7.8 mil­lion view­ers, mak­ing it the most-viewed All-Star broad­cast since 2013. Turner Sports an­nounced the num­bers on Mon­day. The num­ber of view­ers peaked at 8.5 mil­lion and the to­tal au­di­ence was up 3 per cent from last year’s game.

The hype sur­round­ing the game cen­tred on Kevin Du­rant and Rus­sell West­brook play­ing on the Western Con­fer­ence team to­gether. Du­rant left Ok­la­homa City last sum­mer to join Golden State, leav­ing his long­time team­mate West­brook be­hind with the Thun­der. West­brook did not hide his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Du­rant, which ratch­eted up the in­trigue head­ing into the game on Sun­day.

The two shared the court for just 81 sec­onds and Ok­la­homa City posted the high­est lo­cal mar­ket rat­ing with a 10.9.

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