Playoff blowouts not good for television ratings


It has been the postseason of blowouts. And sweeps. There just has not been a lot of drama these playoffs. That has continued into the conference Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics have looked on a collision course and far better than their opponents.

Who wants to watch that?

Not a lot of you, it turns out. SportsMediaWatch is reporting that ratings are down

Wednesday’s Suns/Lakers Game 2 drew a 4.4 U.S. rating and 7.0 million viewers on TNT, down 4% in ratings and viewership from Magic/Cavaliers Game 1 on the comparable night last year (4.6, 7.3 mil), but up 7% and 13%, respectively, from Spurs/Lakers Game 1 in ’08 (4.1, 6.1 mil).

Compared to Game 2 of last year’s Nuggets/Lakers West Finals on ESPN, Wednesday’s game was down 10% and 11%, respectively, from a 4.9 and 7.9 million viewers… Suns/Lakers Game 2 is the second straight Conference Final game to have a decline in ratings and viewership versus the comparable night last year.

So far these playoffs, 60 percent of games with a comparable night the year before have drawn lower ratings than the year before. And all the sweeps means fewer high drama (meaning high rating) games as well.

That said, the ratings have been solid, just not spectacular. However, after reading this David Stern walked down to his local church and said a prayer for a Lakers/Celtics finals.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.