The Oklahoma City Thunder's biggest victory in team history on Wednesday night also broke the team's local ratings record. The TNT telecast of Game 6 got a 34.9 rating (percent of TV homes) in Oklahoma City, breaking the record of 34.1 for Game 5 of the Lakers series May 21 on TNT. The Game 6 telecast also set a record in Tulsa with a 19.3.
The telecast fared well nationally with a 6.0 fast national rating and 9.5 million viewers. The Western Conference Finals averaged a 5.0 rating and 7.8 million viewers, up 16 percent in ratings and 13 percent among viewers from last year's WCF (Thunder vs. Mavericks).
Overall, TNT's NBA playoff coverage delivered the network's second most-viewed and second highest-rated playoffs in its 28 years of coverage. TNT's 42 telecasts averaged a 3.1 rating and 4.8 million viewers.
FSOK TO AIR THUNDER POSTGAME SHOWS
Fox Sports Oklahoma will continue to follow the Thunder in the NBA Finals with special “Thunder Live” postgame shows after every game in the championship series.
Fox Sports Oklahoma Thunder announcers Brian Davis, Grant Long and Kelly Crull will be joined by “Thunder Live” analyst Stephen Howard and anchors Dana Larson and John Rhadigan to break down the games and offer a local perspective.
WCWS RATINGS SHOW INCREASE
Ratings for Games 1 and 2 of the Women's College World Series were up slightly from last year. ESPN2 received a 1.0 for Game 1 and 0.9 for Game 2, both up from 0.8 last year. The rain-delayed Game 3 got an 0.7 with no comparison available from last year.
Birmingham, Ala., was the top local market with ratings of 11.0, 12.5 and 9.6 for the three games. Oklahoma City set local records with ratings of 5.6, 4.9 and 4.1.
*Danny Kanell, a former two-sport athlete at Florida State, will be the analyst on the OU-South Carolina Super Regional baseball series airing at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday on ESPNU. Mark Neely will do the play-by-play.
*Former OU gymnast Jonathan Horton will be among the competitors at the Visa Championships from St. Louis. NBC will air the men's finals at noon Saturday and women's finals at 3 p.m. Sunday. Results from the meet will determine who qualifies for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Gymnastics competition.
*Tom Hammond and Bob Costas will co-host NBC's coverage of the Belmont Stakes, 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, as I'll Have Another's attempts to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown.
*ESPN and ESPN2 are combining to air all 31 matches from the UEFA European Football Championship 2012, beginning with the Poland-Greece match at 11 a.m. Friday on ESPN. ESPN Deportes also will carry all 31 matches.
*Turner Sports will begin its 30th consecutive year of NASCAR coverage with the Pocono 400 at 11 a.m. Sunday. A new weekly feature, “Next Generations,” will explore the history of NASCAR through the eyes of current and former champions — Jimmie Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Bill Elliott — and TNT analysts Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds.