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TNT's 2011 NBA Playoffs Most Watched In Cable History

TNT’s coverage of the 2011 NBA Playoffs was the most-watched in cable television history, capped off by a 6.3 U.S HH rating and 10.4 million total viewers for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

The network set records for ratings and viewership, averaging a 3.5 U.S. HH Rating (+25 percent), 5,534,000 total viewers (+29 percent), and 3,999,000 households (+26 percent) during their 40-game coverage.

In addition, the Heat-Bulls series was the most-watched Conference Finals in cable television history, averaging a 6.2 U.S. HH rating, (+29% year-over-year), 10,413,000 Total Viewers (+33%) and 7,190,000 Households (+30%).

“This was one of the most thrilling seasons in NBA history, leading to record-breaking ratings and enormous success for TNT,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “From the tip-off of our 52-game regular season to All-Star Weekend to TNT’s coverage of 40 Playoff games, this NBA season was about setting new records and creating winning nights of television. Through a multiplatform strategy, we also achieved more than great ratings. We used all of our television, broadband and mobile assets to connect everywhere our audiences watch the NBA, building the largest possible viewership across all platforms.”

 

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NBC Chicago Sports Anchor Found Dead At 38

NBC Chicago sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead Thursday morning in Atlanta.

Hotel employees discovered the 38-year-old in his room at approximately 9:30 a.m. after he missed a wake-up call. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Hawks was in Atlanta to cover Game 6 of the Bulls vs. Hawks series.

“We are all stunned right now. Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run,” said Frank Whittaker, NBC Chicago station manager and vice president of news. Read more

WatchESPN App Now Available On Android Devices

Starting today, the WatchESPN App is now available on Android phone and tablet devices to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription.

The free App provides users with remote access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. During college football and basketball seasons, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available.

The WatchESPN App first launched last month in the Apple Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

 

Watson Proves a Ratings Winner

So the computer is kicking butt and taking names (Toronto????) in Jeopardy. But the real winner is the show itself, which is averaging its best ratings in four years.

Monday’s show “averaged an 8.7 household rating Monday in the metered markets, according to Nielsen, its best since an 8.8 on Feb. 13, 2007.”

That figure is well above the previous week’s average of 6.8 as well as a 6.4 for the week of Jan. 30 and a 6.5 for the week preceding that one.

Last season, Jeopardy averaged a 7.0 during the February ratings period.

The computer wins again, (except in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, which saw a massive decrease in viewership).

Regardless, IBM must be happy. Monday and Tuesday’s shows were essentially half competition, half infomercial.

Handicapping the Next NHL Broadcasting Rights Deal

NBC and Versus’ broadcast rights for the NHL end after this season, and Sports Business Journal‘s Tripp Mickle and John Ourand put together a nice look at the potential bidders.

Their take? The two networks that currently air games will combine and offer some sort of combined bid. The duo will win, with the Peacock paying the league a fee to broadcast the games. (Currently, NBC pays nothing while Versus dishes out $75 million per season for cable rights.) Fox will also make a run at the league, but it will fall short. ESPN will benefit from the NHL’s desire to be shown on the Worldwide Leader and will get some games as well.

Versus, which posted its highest ratings ever during the 2010 Stanley Cup, sounds happy to show the NHL on its airwaves. Read more