Boston Celtics: Ratings

C's-Knicks set Christmas cable record

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
3:29
PM ET
From our friends at ESPN New York:
What lockout? NBA fans were not only back on Sunday, but back in a bigger bunch.

From 12 to 2 p.m. yesterday, more sports fans were watching the NBA than ever before on TV. Knicks-Celtics, which opened up the 2011-12 season, scored a 3.4 U.S. rating and 5.9 million total viewers (5.86 million to be exact), the highest amount for a Christmas Day game on cable. It was up 48 percent in ratings and 46 percent in viewership from last year’s comparable Xmas game (Chicago at New York = 2.3, 4m), and up 100 percent and 121 percent, respectively, from Xmas in 2009 (Miami at New York = 1.7, 2.7m).

Knicks-Celtics ranked as the fourth most-watched during the NBA regular season in cable history. Only three games, all broadcast by TNT, delivered a higher audience for an NBA regular-season game on cable than yesterday's New York-Boston matchup. They include:

* Miami at Boston on Oct. 26, 2010 (7.35 million total viewers)
* LA Lakers at Chicago on Feb. 2, 1996 (7.27 million)
* Miami at Cleveland on Dec. 2, 2010 (7.01 million)

Locally, the Knicks-Celtics game delivered a 7.2 U.S. household rating in New York and a 7.8 household rating in Boston.

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C's, Magic see ratings boost

December, 27, 2010
12/27/10
11:11
PM ET
Fernando Medina/Getty ImagesGlen Davis hauls in a rebound against the Magic in Saturday's highly watched holiday showdown.
With a quality five-game slate, the NBA's Christmas broadcasts on ESPN and ABC drew the largest cumulative holiday audience ever. According to fast national ratings, the Celtics-Magic tilt garnered a 4.6 rating (an increase of 39 percent over last year's matchup between the same teams). What's more, the game earned an 11.5 metered market rating in Boston (compared to an 8 in Orlando).

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Record ratings

October, 27, 2010
10/27/10
6:00
PM ET

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked before Tuesday's season-opener against the Heat that all of the world's eyes would be on Miami and he wasn't far off. From the Associated Press:
The debut of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Tuesday's opener drew the most viewers for an NBA regular-season game in cable history.

TNT said Wednesday that Miami's 88-80 loss to the Boston Celtics had a 4.6 rating and was watched by 7.4 million people. The rating is second only to the 4.9 for the Bulls-Lakers game on Feb. 2, 1996, when Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson met for the first time after both came out of retirement. That game had a smaller audience because of population growth.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Tuesday's game actually earned a higher rating in Boston (17.1) than in Miami (15.5). It drew a 10.6 in James' jilted former home of Cleveland.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9