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.
— 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.
— Kansas State fans will need to stay up late to watch the Wildcats play Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. The game kicks off at 9:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and reporter Shannon Spake will call the game.
— For the eighth straight year, ESPN's “Monday Night Football” ranked as the most-watched series on cable television, drawing six of cable's 10 biggest audiences for the year. The 17 telecasts averaged an 8.6 rating, representing nearly 10 million households.
— NBC will air the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at noon Wednesday from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The event is trying to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game. The record (104,073) was set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 for the Michigan State-Michigan game. Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will call the game.
— Tennis Channel will bring viewers coverage of the 2014 Hyundai Hopman Cup mixed-doubles tournament beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday at Perth Arena in Australia. The U.S. team of 6-foot-10 John Isner and Sloane Stephens will face Spain's Tommy Robredo and Anabel Medina Garrigues in its first match at 7 p.m. Monday.