Boosted by a pair of high profile acquisitions, local ratings for Knicks games are up 60% this season.
Through 52 games, Knicks telecasts are averaging a 1.62 rating on MSG Network in the New York market, up 60% from last year (1.01).
The 29-26 Knicks, aided by newcomers Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Wednesday’s Bucks/Knicks game, Anthony’s Knick debut, earned a 6.75 rating — the highest for a regular season Knicks game on MSG since March 1995 (CHI/NY: 6.78).
The 1995 game was Michael Jordan‘s first in New York after returning from retirement.