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NBA Christmas Day tripleheader sets ratings record

Thunder earns second-highest local rating of the season
by Mel Bracht Published: December 26, 2013

The NBA Christmas Day tripleheader on ESPN averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated ever for the network. The tripleheader was up 10 percent from a 2.1 in 2012, which was the previous best.

ESPN's prime-time doubleheader also averaged a 2.3, up 21 percent from a 1.9 in 2012, making it the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day prime-time doubleheader ever. The doubleheader was led by the Houston-San Antonio game, which scored a 2.4 rating, an all-time best for an NBA Christmas Day game in prime time.

The Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game topped the day with a 4.9 rating on ABC.

The Thunder earned its second highest local rating of the season with a 13.1 on KOCO-5 for the game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, which earned a 3.7 nationally on ABC. Last year's Thunder Christmas Day game at Miami got a 23.3 on KOCO-5. The Thunder's 2013-14 season high is a 16.4 for the Nov. 21 game against the Los Angeles Clippers on TNT.

Short takes

— CBS will feature three top-10 men's basketball teams in a doubleheader Saturday: No. 8 Villanova at No. 2 Syracuse at 1 p.m. (Tim Brando and Bill Raftery) and No. 6 Louisville at No. 18 Kentucky at 3 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and reporter Tracy Wolfson). The CBS halftime studio show features analysts Doug Gottlieb and Seth Davis.

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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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