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Lakers' television ratings drop to historic lows as their edge over Clippers narrows

Lakers' television ratings drop to historic lows as their edge over Clippers narrows
Lakers guardKobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Clippers guards J.J. Redick, left, and Chris Paul during a drive in the second quarter of a game on Dec. 25. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Clippers have surpassed the Lakers in the Pacific Division standings for a fourth consecutive season and continue to close the gap between the teams in television ratings.

The Clippers’ 1.15 rating on Fox Sports’ Prime Ticket through the end of 2015 was still below the Lakers’ 1.68 on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, but it’s the closest the teams have ever been in local television ratings.

For comparison's sake, the Lakers had a 4.35 rating at the midpoint of the 2012-13 season and the Clippers a 1.5.

Even Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour has not saved the Lakers from experiencing their lowest ratings in franchise history and a 23% drop from this time last season. The Lakers are being watched by an average of 92,000 homes in the Los Angeles market, compared to the Clippers’ average of 63,000 homes.

The Clippers' ratings represent a 5% drop from the same point last season.

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