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'Melo Show a hit on MSG

Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks debut Wednesday averaged 6.75 percent of homes in the New York area, MSG’s highest-rated regular-season Knicks game in 16 years.

Michael Jordan’s famous “Double Nickel’’ game averaged 6.78. Jordan scored 55 points in a 113-111 Bulls victory on March 28, 1995, in his return to the Garden from his first retirement..

Wednesday’s rating peaked at 8.2 percent of homes from 10 to 10:15 p.m., when Anthony took over in the final minutes to secure the victory.

Average viewership for the game was 632,470.

New York Sports