audience success for Wembanyama’s debut in the United States

By Le Figaro

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Victor Wembanyama is a real curiosity for the US public. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

Nearly 3 million viewers followed the Frenchman’s first steps in the NBA with San Antonio last Wednesday, on ESPN.

The Wemby effect. 2.99 million viewers followed the San Antonio-Dallas match on Wednesday on ESPN, Victor Wembanyama’s first in the North American league. This is the best audience for this Texan poster in the regular season on the US channel, excluding Christmas matches. “NBA League P audience in France increased by +220% compared to last year’s regular season average», we specify. 2.99 million, that’s more than for the first two matches of the season, Tuesday, on TNT, LA Lakers-Denver (2.84 million) and Phoenix-Golden State (2.71 million). ESPN also achieved its best opening week score since LeBron James’ debut with the Lakers in 2018.

Beaten 119-126 by the Mavericks, Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs do it again next night, still in San Antonio, against their Texan neighbors from Houston. Kick-off around 2 a.m. French time.

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