Game 1 of the first round series between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets was a record-breaking occasion.
Not only did the Raptors set franchise postseason records with 134 points and 22 3-pointers in the win, but they also did it in front of a record-breaking television audience.
According to Sportsnet's Michael Grange, Toronto's Game 1 win was the most watched Raptors first round game ever on Sportsnet, drawing 34% more viewers than last year's postseason opener against the Orlando Magic.
Game 1 vs. Nets was the most-watched @Raptors first-round game ever on @Sportsnet and drew 34% more viewers than Game 1 vs. Orlando last year. Average audience of 1.05 million and reached 2.5-million Canadians overall. Canada loves them some 'bubble' Raps, clearly.- Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) August 18, 2020
Given the nature of the NBA's restart, it would make sense that more Raptors fans would tune in due to an inability to attend the game in person but the figure of 2.5 total viewers is impressive, especially considering Game 1's 4 p.m. start time.
Toronto has an opportunity to break viewership records on a different network in Game 2, which takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m. on TSN.
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