NBA Playoffs: Lakers/Thunder Hits Playoff High; Celtics/Sixers Down Again


The Lakers/Thunder series attracted another big audience Tuesday night.

Game 2 of the Lakers/Thunder second round NBA playoff series drew 7.445 million viewers on TNT Wednesday night, up 6% from Mavericks/Lakers Game 2 in a later timeslot last year (7.036M), and up 86% from Spurs/Suns Game 2 in 2010 (3.999M).

The game ranks as the most-viewed telecast of the playoffs on any network, topping Heat/Knicks Game 4 on ABC in the first round (7.013M).

Of the 29 NBA playoff telecasts on TNT that can be compared to last year, Lakers/Thunder was just the tenth to have an increase in viewership. Nine of the ten games have involved the Heat, Lakers and/or Thunder. The tenth game was Tuesday’s Clippers/Spurs Game 1.

Earlier Wednesday night, Game 3 of the Celtics/Sixers series drew 3.730 million viewers — down 28% from from Hawks/Bulls Game 2 in a later timeslot last year (5.211M).

Game 2 of the series on Monday night was also down 28% from last year. Game 1 on Saturday was down 25% from 2010 (there was no comparable window in 2011).

(Wednesday’s numbers from TV By the Numbers)