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Oklahoma City Thunder ranks No. 1 in NBA in local TV ratings

Thunder's 7.9 rating in Oklahoma City well ahead of local ratings for Heat (5.8) and Spurs (5.7).
by Mel Bracht Published: January 3, 2013

Just as the Chesapeake Energy Arena is generally considered the loudest arena in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder fans have placed the Thunder No. 1 in local TV ratings. The Thunder is averaging a 7.9 household rating in Oklahoma City through 26 games on Fox Sports Oklahoma and is the top-rated NBA team on any regional sports network, well ahead of the Miami Heat (5.8 average on Sun Sports) and San Antonio Spurs (5.7 on Fox Sports Southwest).

The Nov. 28 game vs. Houston Rockets averaged a 13.6 and is the highest-rated NBA game on any Fox Sports regional network this season. ABC's Heat-Thunder telecast on Christmas Day set a Thunder regular-season record with a 23.3.

Thanks to the strong Thunder ratings, since the start of the NBA season, FSOK has been the highest-rated cable network in Oklahoma City in prime time.

Short takes

*KOCB-34 tips off its Big 12 men's basketball coverage Saturday with an OSU-OU doubleheader: OSU at Kansas State at 12:30 p.m. (Mark Neely and Chris Piper) and Oklahoma at West Virginia at 3 p.m. (Dave Armstrong and Stephen Howard).

* Fox Sports Oklahoma and other Fox channels, including FX and Fuel TV, soon may be dropped from Suddenlink cable systems, including Stillwater, Enid and Muskogee, if a carriage agreement is not reached. Fox Sports Southwest spokesman Ramon Alvarez said Fox extended the deadline for an agreement to 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

* Fox Sports Oklahoma's Cotton Bowl coverage will include “OU Sooner Sports Gameday” at 5:30 p.m. Friday and condensed replays of two OU-Texas A&M games — 2000, 11 a.m.; 2006, noon.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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