ESPN had its most-watched opening week of the NBA regular season since 2017, averaging 1,817,000 viewers.

The ratings are up 18 percent from 2019, three percent from 2018 and 46 percent from 2020's single-game opener. 

ESPN featured New York Knicks/Boston Celtics as the opener on Wednesday, followed by the Phoenix Suns/Denver Nuggets. On Friday, ESPN aired Philadelphia 76ers/Brooklyn Nets followed by Los Angeles Lakers/Suns.