TV Ratings: Nets Set New Record on YES (Also: Pittsburgh Penguins, NFL Honors)


The Brooklyn Nets set a new ratings record on YES Network this week. In other news, the Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a strong start this season, and the second edition of the NFL Honors scored a double-digit increase.

  • Nets Set Ratings Record: Tuesday’s Lakers/Nets NBA game drew a 3.08 rating on YES Network in the New York market, the RSN’s highest rating ever for a regular season Nets game. The previous record was a 2.15 for Nets/Heat in December. So far this season, YES has averaged a 1.1 rating for Nets coverage, up 150% from the comparable point last year (0.44). (YES Network, Sports Business Daily)
  • Penguins Hit Double-Digits For 11th Straight Game: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ first 11 games of the lockout-shortened season — ten games on Root Sports and one on NBC — have each drawn at least a double-digit local rating, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. To put that in perspective, the team averaged an 8.0 rating on Root Sports last year. The team’s most recent game, a Thursday night clash with the rival Capitals, earned a 12.0 on Root Sports. (
  • Double-Digit Increase For NFL Honors: The second annual “NFL Honors” earned a 2.6 final rating and 4.0 million viewers on CBS last Saturday night, up 18% in ratings and 13% in viewership from the inaugural edition on NBC last year (2.2, 3.5M). The show earned a slightly higher rating than the concurrent Michigan/Indiana men’s college basketball game on ESPN (2.5). (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)