Ratings have risen substantially for the Mavericks/Thunder first round NBA playoff series in Oklahoma City. In other news, the Knicks easily defeated the Rangers head-to-head in New York Saturday afternoon, and the Royals hit a three-year high on FS Kansas City.
- Mavs/Thunder Up Big in OKC: Game 2 of the Mavericks/Thunder NBA playoff series drew a combined 22.6 rating on TNT (13.1) and Fox Sports Oklahoma (9.5) in the Oklahoma City market, up 74% from Game 2 of Nuggets/Thunder last year (13.0 on TNT/FSOK). Saturday’s Game 1 drew a combined 19.1 on ESPN (13.8) and FS Oklahoma (5.3), up 37% from Nuggets/Thunder Game 1 (13.9 on TNT/FSOK). The two-game average is up 55% from last year. (newsok.com via Fang’s Bites)
- Knicks Trounce Rangers Head-to-Head in N.Y.: Game 1 of the Knicks/Heat NBA first round playoff series drew a 7.2 rating on ABC in the New York market Saturday afternoon, topping the concurrent Game 1 of the Capitals/Rangers Stanley Cup second round series (3.5) by 106%. The two series went head-to-head again Monday night; local numbers were not immediately available. (New York Daily News)
- Royals Hit Three-Year High: Sunday’s Royals/Twins Major League Baseball regular season game drew a 5.9 rating on Fox Sports Kansas City, the highest rated Royals game on the network since 2009. So far this season, Royals games on FS Kansas City have averaged a 4.3 rating, up 10% from last year. (kansascity.com via NBC Sports)