In missing November and most of December, the Thunder lost its two lowest-rated months from previous seasons when it competes with college football. The Thunder still trails the San Antonio Spurs, which average 7.9, among NBA teams in Texas and Oklahoma.
“We are honored and never surprised at the passion and loyalty of Thunder fans,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of corporate communications and community relations. “We are pleased to see that more of our fans are enjoying our games on Fox Sports Oklahoma.”
FSOK's franchise-high 8.8 rating came during the late Jan. 30 telecast against the Clippers, which included Blake Griffin's monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. Many Thunder fans are staying up late for the West Coast games as FSOK is averaging 6.9 for games at 9 p.m. or later.
The two TNT telecasts have produced huge local ratings, including a team-high 10.5 at Boston on Jan. 16 and 10.0 against visiting Dallas on Dec. 29.
The Christmas night game against Orlando produced a team-high 8.3 ESPN rating.
The Thunder's regular-season record of 11.1 came against Miami on ABC last season. That rating might be surpassed during the March 25 game against visiting Miami on ESPN or Sunday afternoon ABC appearances against visiting Chicago on April 1 and at the Los Angeles Lakers on April 22.