TNTs NBA Thursday Coverage Features Exclusive Doubleheader With Heat a Bulls
TNT's NBA Thursday coverage with a special one-hour trade deadline edition of NBA Tip-Off presented by on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst) will preview the night's action and will be joined by TNT NBA Insider David Aldridge to break down all the moves made at Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
Following the pre-game show, the network will present an exclusive doubleheader beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). The first game will feature LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Windy City to take on Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will call the game alongside analyst Reggie Miller with Craig Sager reporting. In the second game of the night, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics visit Nene and the new-look Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. (ET).
Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) will be courtside with Cheryl Miller reporting. The Emmy award-winning studio show Inside the NBA with Johnson, Barkley and Smith will recap the games.
Through 38 games, the NBA on TNT is averaging a 1.5 U.S. rating (+26%, 1.2 U.S. rating), 2,377,000 total viewers (+30%, 1,832,000 total viewers) and 1,770,000 households (+27%, 1,390,000 households) over last year's corresponding coverage. In addition, this season is +26% on total viewers compared to Turner's next best regular season audience from the 1995-96 season (total viewer average 2,377,000 vs. 1,885,000).
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