The NBA All-Star Game lost out to Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special, which drew huge television numbers.
The SNL special on Sunday night, which brought back some of the biggest names in the show’s history including sports greats Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter, garnered a 14.2 household rating on NBC versus a 5.5 rating for the All-Star Game on TNT and TBS.
The Nielsen numbers included 56 television markets.
The rating for the SNL show translated into 23.1 million viewers from 8-11:30 p.m. ET. Turner Sports said the All-Star Game overnight rating was still up 12 percent versus last year’s broadcast.
The West beat the East 163-158 in the highest scoring NBA All-Star Game ever. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 All-Star record.