Lakers win TV ratings battle

The Lakers-Bulls game Sunday drew a 6.5 overnight rating nationally, making it ABC’s third-highest regular-season game behind the Lakers-Miami Heat game on Christmas Day in 2004 (7.9) and the Dec. 25 contest between the Lakers and Heat last year (7.3).

ESPN’s game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday had a 2.3 overnight rating. But the Clippers couldn’t come close to the Lakers’ rating in Los Angeles, drawing only a 3.4 rating compared to 12.1 for the Lakers.

What’s more, the Lakers-Bulls game attracted a higher overnight rating that even the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks game Sunday on TNT, which produced a 3.4 rating to make it the fourth-highest regular-season game in cable history.