ESPN's Thunder-Heat telecast Wednesday night — a 2012 NBA Finals rematch — delivered a 2.7 overnight rating as ESPN's highest-rated NBA game this season.
The telecast led to a local market ratings surge in several markets, including Oklahoma City, which got a 9.1 final rating. Miami had a 6.1 overnight and Tulsa an ESPN NBA regular-season record 4.9.
The game also provided the Thunder its highest rating of the season in Oklahoma City. The game did a combined 16.9 rating (9.1 on ESPN, 7.8 on Fox Sports Oklahoma). The previous best was a 16.4 for the Clippers-Thunder game Nov. 21 on TNT.
Burke responds to interview criticism
ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke's reaction to Thunder star Kevin Durant crediting “God and Jesus Christ” for his recent hot streak in a postgame interview Wednesday night drew criticism on social media sites. Burke sort of laughed at Durant's response and asked “so you had nothing to do with it?” In an email Thursday, she said: “He just took me by surprise with his reaction — not because he's a believer, I'm a believer. It was an incredible demonstration of humility in the context of what has been a truly spectacular stretch.”
*Sports talk KREF-AM 1400 will be begin simulcasting on a low-power FM station, 98.5, on Saturday, program director T.J. Perry said. Doyle Brewer, CEO and founder of The House FM Christian Hits Network, said its 88.5 signal is already reaching the Oklahoma City metro areas, allowing its 98.5 Norman station to switch over to KREF.