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.
*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.
* Marshall Faulk will interview Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, a former OU star, on “NFL GameDay Morning” at 11 a.m. Saturday. He will discuss not breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record and recovery from knee surgery.
* KGHM-AM 1340, “The Game,” has replaced Jim Rome with Jay Mohr from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Rome jumped to the new CBS Sports Radio Network and his radio show airs on only two Oklahoma stations — Lawton's KXCA-AM 1380 and Stillwater's KSPI-FM 93.7 — according to his website.
* ESPN's Hannah Storm hosted ABC's Rose Bowl Parade coverage on Tuesday, less than three weeks after getting seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident. Storm suffered second-degree burns on her chest and hands and first-degree burns to her face and neck.
* Chris Baker, the longtime Citadel operations manager in Oklahoma City, has been hired as program director for KGHM and rock station KBRU-FM 94.7.
* Samantha Steele, an ESPN “College GameDay” host, recently married Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in Wisconsin. This is the first time either Ponder, 24, or Steele, 27, has been married.