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Media notebook: Thunder receives 20.3 rating for Game 5

by Mel Bracht Modified: May 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm •  Published: May 26, 2011

Thunder receives 20.3 rating for Game 5

ESPN's telecast of Western Conference Finals Game 5 on Wednesday night produced the lowest ratings of the series in Oklahoma City with a 20.3. The telecast received an 8.8 in Tulsa.

The five-game series averaged 23.9 in Oklahoma City, topped by a franchise-record 27.0 for Game 4.

The Thunder posted ratings gains in each of its three playoff series. The team averaged 16.0 for the five-game Denver Nuggets series and 20.2 for the seven-game Memphis Grizzlies series.

Short takes

— The ESPN family of networks is carrying all of the NCAA women's softball super regionals. ESPNU will carry the OSU and OU games Friday night. Holly Rowe and Leah Amico will broadcast Houston at Oklahoma State at 6 p.m., and Carter Blackburn and Cheri Kempf will call Oklahoma at Arizona at 10:30 p.m.

— FOX will have its third consecutive Saturday prime-time baseball broadcast, airing Kansas City at Texas at 6 p.m. on KOKH-25. Royals announcer Ryan LeFebvre and Rangers analyst Tom Grieve will call the game.

— FOX will air the pinnacle of European club soccer on Saturday as Barcelona takes on Manchester United in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final. Pregame coverage begins at 1 p.m.

— ESPN Classic's weeklong Indianapolis 500 tribute, in honor of the 100th anniversary, continues with historic Indy 500 races and SportsCentury programming. The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air at 11 a.m. Sunday on ABC. On Monday, the actual 100th anniversary, an all-day marathon will be anchored by a re-air of the 2011 race at 9 p.m.

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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