The Minnesota Timberwolves had the largest increase in television ratings of any NBA team during the first half of the season. Meanwhile, Sixers ratings are also up substantially from last year, and FOX earned decent numbers for Sunday’s Daytona 500 rainout.
- T-Wolves Lead NBA in Ratings Gains: The Timberwolves had the NBA’s largest increase in local television ratings during the first half of lockout-shortened regular season, according to Sports Business Journal, as games on Fox Sports North were up 140%. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Rockets had the biggest first-half decline, suffering a 41% drop on Fox Sports Houston. Of note, the Celtics had the third-biggest decline (-29%). (Sports Business Daily)
- Sixers Ratings Nearly Double Last Year on CSN Philadelphia: Through the first half of the NBA season, Sixers games have averaged a 2.9 rating on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia — up 93% from the first half of last season. Games have averaged a 2.3 rating on The Comcast Network, up 103% from last year (1.1). (Comcast)
- Daytona 500 Rain Delay Draws 4.5 Overnight on FOX: Rain delay coverage of the 2012 Daytona 500 earned a 4.5 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon. Coverage of the actual race earned an 8.2 overnight last year and a 7.0 overnight in 2010. (USA Today)