Recent sports TV ratings notes, including a near-record for the St. Louis Blues, massive increases for the 76ers in Philadelphia, and similarly large increases for national NBA games on NBA TV.
- FS Midwest Earns Second-Best Blues Rating: Last Thursday’s Canucks/Blues NHL regular season game earned a 5.56 rating in on Fox Sports Midwest in the St. Louis market, the second-highest rating ever for a Blues telecast on the network. Only Sharks/Blues in November 2010 (5.6) drew a higher rating. (bizjournals.com)
- Philadelphia Fans Remember 76ers Exist: The Philadelphia 76ers are apparently good this season, and ratings have responded accordingly. Through last week, 76ers games averaged a 2.4 rating on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, up 60% from the start of the 2010-11 season. Keep in mind this season started two months late due to the owner-imposed lockout. Last Wednesday’s 76ers/Knicks game earned a 3.6 local rating, the team’s highest local rating since 2009. (csnphilly.com)
- NBA Viewership Up Over 70% on NBA TV: NBA TV has averaged 359,000 viewers for live NBA games so far this abbreviated season (19 telecasts), up 73% from last season. In particular, the network’s Fan Night telecasts have averaged 436,000 viewers, up 112%. (Turner Broadcasting via The Futon Critic)