Not only has the NBA survived the owners’ five-month lockout, but the league is thriving.
Through thirteen telecasts, TNT has averaged a 2.0 U.S. rating and 3.132 million viewers for the 2011-12 NBA regular season, up a whopping 66% in ratings and 67% in viewership from ten telecasts during the same time period last year (December 30 to January 20).
The 2011-12 regular season was shortened to 66 games due the owners’ lockout of players, the fourth owner-imposed work stoppage in NBA history (the players have never gone on strike). Compared to last year’s full October 26-January 20 average, this year’s coverage is up 33% and 35%, respectively, from a 1.5 and 2.323 million viewers.
(TNT averages from Turner Sports)