NBA Update: ABC, TNT, Earn Good Numbers For Heat Games

Posted by | April 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

The Miami Heat helped ABC and TNT to strong numbers during the penultimate week of the lockout-shortened NBA season.

The April 15 Heat/Knicks NBA regular season game drew a 2.8 final rating and 4.088 million viewers on ABC. There was no game on the comparable date last year.

Later in the day, Mavericks/Lakers drew a 3.0 and 4.490 million.

Through Thursday, eleven of the fifteen most-viewed NBA games on any network this season either involved the Heat or had a Heat game as a lead-in.

Heat/Bulls Earns Over Three Million For TNT: Thursday’s Bulls/Heat game drew 3.417 million viewers on TNT, down 7% from the same matchup on the network a week earlier (MIA/CHI: 3.671M), but still good enough to rank as the tenth most-viewed game of the season on cable.

Nine of the ten most-viewed games on cable this season have either involved the Heat or had a Heat game as a lead-in.

15 Most-Viewed Games During the 2011-12* NBA Regular Season
Through April 19
* 2011-12 season began on Christmas Day due to the owners’ five-month lockout of players, the fourth work stoppage in league history (all owner-imposed lockouts)

# Date
Time
Away
Home
Net
Rating Viewers (000)
1 Sun., 12/25/11 5 PM Bulls Lakers ABC
5.6
11,014
2 Sun., 12/25/11 2:30 PM Heat Mavs ABC
4.9
9,023
3 Sun., 3/4/12 3:30 PM Heat Lakers ABC
4.3
6,997
4 Sun., 2/19/12 1 PM Mavs Knicks ABC
3.8
5,916
5 Sun., 12/25/11 12 PM Celtics Knicks TNT
3.4
5,860
6 Sun., 1/29/12 3:30 PM Bulls Heat ABC
3.5
5,699
7 Sun., 2/19/12 3:30 PM Magic Heat ABC
3.4
5,496
8 Thu., 2/23/12 7 PM Knicks Heat TNT
3.2
5,092
9
Sun., 3/4/12
1 PM Knicks Celtics ABC
3.3
4,996
10 Tue., 12/27/11 8 PM Celtics Heat TNT
2.9
4,548
11 Sun., 4/15/12 3:30 PM Mavs Lakers ABC
3.0
4,490
12 Thu., 1/19/12 8 PM Lakers Heat TNT
2.7
4,396
13 Sun., 4/1/12 3:30 PM Celtics Heat ABC
2.7
4,241
14 Sun., 4/15/12 1 PM Heat Knicks ABC
2.8
4,088
15 Sun., 2/12/12 3:30 PM Bulls Celtics ABC
2.6
4,069

(April 15 numbers from ESPN; Thursday’s numbers from The Futon Critic)