OKC Thunder earns second-highest local rating ever in Game 5 of Western Conference Finals

by Mel Bracht Published: June 5, 2012
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TNT's telecast of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals got a 32.6 rating in Oklahoma City, the Thunder's second-highest local rating ever, trailing only a 34.1 for Game 5 of the Thunder-Lakers series on May 21. The telecast got a 15.7 in Tulsa. Local ratings for the Western Conference Finals are up 13 percent from last year's series (Thunder-Mavericks) on ESPN. The increase would have been much higher except for a subpar 18.0 for Game 2, which competed against severe weather coverage on May 29 as the Spurs won 120-111.


Game 1 of the Women's College World Series championship series Monday night (OU vs. Alabama) got a 5.8. The Sooners' first three games in the tournament averaged 3.2.

Sports events May 29-June 4

1. NBA Western Conference Finals Game 5, Monday, TNT, 32.6.

2. NBA Western Conference Finals Game 3, Thursday, TNT, 29.9.

3. NBA Western Conference Finals Game 4, Saturday, TNT, 28.5.

4. NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2, May 29, TNT, 18.0.

5. NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4, Sunday, ESPN, 9.5.


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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