The Ratings Game: Lakers/Mavs Up 50% From Last Year’s Vitale Game


Recent sports TV ratings news, including NBA ratings on ESPN and NHL ratings on Versus.

  • Wednesday’s Lakers/Mavericks game earned a 1.2 U.S. rating and 1.841 million viewers on ESPN, up 50% in ratings and 41% in viewership from last year’s game, which featured Dick Vitale in the booth (UTA/SA: 0.8, 1.302 mil). (
  • Other NBA ratings on ESPN: Mavericks/Spurs last Friday night drew a 0.9 U.S. rating and 1.348 million viewers, flat in ratings and down 3% in viewership from last year (PHX/ATL: 0.9, 1.383 mil). In the nightcap, Blazers/Suns earned a 0.8 and 1.099 million. On Sunday, Nuggets/Spurs drew a 0.9 and 1.403 million viewers. Ratings and viewership for Monday’s Bulls/Grizzlies game were unavailable. ( 1, 2)
  • Versus drew a 0.3 U.S. rating and 523,000 viewers for Penguins/Bruins January 10, despite competition from the BCS National Championship Game on ESPN. The game outdrew competing college basketball coverage on ESPN2 (ND/MARQ: 0.3, 491,000). According to Puck the Media, the game ranks as the third-most viewed NHL telecast on Versus this season. (, Puck the Media)