The NBA is set to open its 2018-19 season on a high note this week, with a return to the All-Star Game on Saturday.
As of Wednesday, the league has hosted 19 games and averaged 5.5 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen.
It is also the league’s second-most watched event of the year.
That was the case in the 2016-17 season, with 18.7 million viewers.
The NBA has averaged 8.6 million viewers in each of the past three years.
The league’s ratings are not necessarily indicative of what viewers are seeing in a given game.
The league has seen the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony, who each played on a team that is ranked No. 1 in the NBA.
While the league is enjoying the benefits of the All 20 teams, the games that are broadcast can be very competitive.
During the All 10 games in this year’s conference finals, one team won every game.
That team was the Los Angeles Lakers.
When a team won a game, it usually did so by a combined 10 points or more.
The Warriors won all three games that they played in the conference finals by just four.
The Thunder won three of those games by just two.
NBA All-Stars are scheduled to play in three All-star games in February, which is why the NBA is bringing back the All Star Game in February and the All Stars Game in March.
The NBA is also planning to host its annual All-Access series of interviews with its players and executives in January.
The games are scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.
ET and the interviews will be hosted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.