TV ratings for Game 7 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series set a Thunder first-round playoff record with a combined 27.7 rating. The record had been a combined 26.1 for Game 6 last year against Houston. Overall, ratings for the Thunder-Grizzlies series averaged 20.2 for the seven-game series, a 15 percent drop from last year’s Thunder-Rockets six-game series (23.7). Nationally, TNT and ESPN had a strong ratings gains for the first-round. TNT averaged a 2.6 (4 million viewers), up 19 percent from last year, and ESPN averaged a 2.2 (3.5 million viewers), up 10 percent. The Kentucky Derby got a 7.9 rating on KFOR-4, a 49 percent drop from last year (15.5).
Sports events (April 29-May 5)
1. Memphis at Oklahoma City, NBA Playoffs, Saturday, TNT 16.3, FSOK 11.4, combined 27.7.
2. Oklahoma City at Memphis, NBA Playoffs, Thursday, TNT 11.1, FSOK 11.9, combined 23.0.
3. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, NBA Playoffs, Monday, TNT, 20.5.
4. Memphis at Oklahoma City, NBA Playoffs, April 29, FSOK, 18.6.
5. Dallas at San Antonio, NBA Playoffs, Sunday, KOCO-5, 8.0.