TV Ratings: Wild, Blackhawks, Set Ratings Records (Also: NBA on TNT)


The Minnesota Wild got off to a record start over the weekend. In other news, the Blackhawks have also set a ratings record, and TNT had big declines for a Martin Luther King Day NBA doubleheader.

  • Wild Opener Sets Record: Saturday’s Avalanche/Wild NHL regular season game drew a 7.65 rating on Fox Sports North in the Minneapolis-St. Paul TV market, the highest rating ever for a regular season Wild telecast on the network. Stars/Wild the following night drew a 5.35 rating, the network’s second-highest ever. Prior to this season, the high-water mark was a 4.6 for Jets/Wild in December 2011. (
  • Blackhawks Also Set Record: Comcast SportsNet Chicago earned a 5.4 rating for Blues/Blackhawks Tuesday night, the highest rating ever for a regular season Blackhawks telecast on the network. The previous record was set by Canucks/Blackhawks in March 2010 (4.4). Through three telecasts, CSN Chicago has averaged a 4.3 rating for Blackhawks coverage. For some perspective, the network averaged a record 3.1 for Blackhawks coverage last season. (
  • Big Declines For NBA on MLK Day: Monday’s Lakers/Bulls NBA regular season game drew 2.2 million viewers on TNT, down 27% from Mavericks/Lakers on Martin Luther King Day last year (3.1M), and down 8% from Thunder/Lakers on the holiday in 2011 (2.4M). Earlier in the night, Spurs/Sixers drew 1.3 million — down 43% from Thunder/Celtics last year (2.4M), and down 49% from Magic/Celtics in 2011 (2.6M). Keep in mind Martin Luther King Day was also Inauguration Day this year. (Mon. numbers from TV By the Numbers)