The Chicago Bulls hit a fourteen-year high in local television ratings during the lockout-shortened season. In other news, the San Antonio Spurs averaged their second-best rating and the Philadelphia 76ers hit a seven-year high.
- Bulls Ratings Hit 14-Year High on CSN Chicago: Comcast SportsNet Chicago averaged a 5.81 rating for Chicago Bulls telecasts during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 regular season, up 29% from last year (4.5), and up 145% from the 2009-10 season (2.37). The 5.81 rating is the highest for the Bulls on a regional sports network since the 1997-98 season, topping the previous fourteen-year high set last season. Of the 35 telecasts on CSN Chicago, sixteen drew at least a 6.0 rating — compared to just three of 42 telecasts lat season. (csnchicago.com)
- Spurs Ratings Down Double-Digits From Last Year’s Record: San Antonio Spurs telecasts averaged an 8.0 rating on Fox Sports Southwest this season, down 22% from last year (10.2), when the team averaged the highest rating ever for any NBA team on a regional sports network. Despite the double-digit decline, this year’s 8.0 average ranks as the second-highest ever for the Spurs on FS Southwest. (nba.com/spurs)
- Sixers Ratings Up Big on CSN Philadelphia: Regular season Philadelphia 76ers games averaged a 2.4 rating on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, up 51% from last season (1.59), and up 95% from the 2009-10 season (1.23). The 2.4 average is the highest for the Sixers on CSN Philadelphia since the 2004-05 season (2.7). (Comcast)