TV Ratings: Sixers Hit Seven-Year High; Also, NBA Ratings on ABC and TNT

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Recent sports TV ratings news, including strong numbers for Bulls/Heat on ABC, double-digit increases for the NBA on TNT, and a seven-year ratings high for the Sixers on CSN Philadelphia.

  • Sixers Hit Seven-Year High on CSN Philadelphia: Monday’s Lakers/Sixers NBA regular season game drew a 5.1 rating on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, the highest for a Sixers game on the network since March of 2005. So far this season, Sixers games have averaged a 2.8 rating on CSN Philadelphia, up 77% from last year. (Comcast)
  • Despite Decline, Bulls/Heat Earns ABC’s Third-Best Non Christmas Audience: The January 29 Bulls/Heat NBA regular season game earned a 3.5 final rating and 5.699 million viewers on ABC, down 19% in ratings and viewership from last year (BOS/LAL: 4.3, 7.003M), but flat in ratings and up 1% in viewership from 2010 (LAL/BOS: 3.5, 5.655M). The game ranks as the third-most viewed non-Christmas NBA telecast on ABC since the network acquired rights to the league in 2002 (141 telecasts). (Media Life Magazine)
  • NBA on TNT Still Trending Above Last Year’s Numbers: Through Thursday, NBA regular season games have averaged a 1.8 U.S. rating and 2.839 million viewers on TNT (seventeen telecasts), up 20% in ratings and viewership from last season (1.5, 2.359M, 34 telecasts), and up 50% and 61%, respectively, from the 2009-10 season (1.2, 1.769M, 31 telecasts). Keep in mind the 2011-12* NBA season began on Christmas Day due to the owners’ lockout. Versus the comparable time period last year (December 30-February 3), this year’s ratings and viewership are up 29% and 36%, respectively. (Turner Sports)
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  • JakeFrankie

    Sixers are becoming most relevant since the Allen Iverson era that ended about 6 years ago. It’s great to see the Sixers doing well. The team suffered from bad play and bad attendance. They don’t have one of the marquee superstars in the league. But they have a very good core with Lou Williams,Jrue Holiday,Andre Iguodala,Evan Turner,Spencer Hawes among others on a very soild bench. They are one of the better teams in the East, not on Miami’s level. But Sixers have a good future, after you get so many top draft picks and so many young players it’s finally good to see it pay off for the Sixers.