T Dog’s Grab Bag: NBA Finals score a slam dunk

– A lot has made of the Stanley Cup Final ratings between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, but what about the NBA Finals you ask? Well, the seven-game series between the San Antonio spurs and defending champion Miami Heat drew the highest rating overall for ABC since 2010 and the third highest-rated Finals series during its tenure, dating back […]

The classiest front page ever

Usually, this website takes well-deserved shots at Chicago and national media outlets. But the Chicago Tribune’s salute to Boston in Tuesday’s sports section (see the photo to the left – click to enlarge) was the epitome of class. As you certainly know by now, two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday, killing three people […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: WGN Radio loses steam in latest PPMs

A lot of stuff in this grab bag this week: – What’s this? A historic low for WGN Radio? The Tribune-owned talker finished in a tie for fifth place overall in 6+ with CHR WKSC-FM (Kiss) in the Arbitron May PPM survey. Even with Cubs baseball (and the you know the team sucks this year), WGN finished behind WVAZ (V103) […]

Bears, Bulls pack ’em in on Christmas

Chicago sports fans had good reasons to cheer on Christmas Day as they received gifts from two of their teams – even though one of those gifts should be sent back. According to Nielsen ratings information obtained by Fang’s Bites and Sports Media Watch, Chicagoans and the rest of the country tuned in for the return of the NBA and […]

NBA Finals perform a ratings slam dunk

Viewers fled into the entrances for Game 7 of the NBA Finals between storic rivals the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics and blew the competition out of the water. The game drew 28.2 million viewers in final ratings released Friday afternoon, marking it as the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 the 1998 NBA Finals, which the Michael […]

Blackhawks continue to roll in the ratings

The ultimate showdown in marquee events took place Sunday when the Game 2 of the NBA Finals took on ABC and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers took place on NBC. While it was no surprise the NBA finals rolled over the Stanley Cup by the wide margin, in Chicago the […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag- The Sports Edition

A lot of sports-related news today: – CBS and Fox have extended their deals with the NFL until 2014 with CBS getting rights to carry Super Bowl XLVII (47) in 2013 while Fox has Super Bowl XLVIII (48) in 2014. – The NFL has also agreed to bury the hatchet with Comcast over the NFL Network. The two struck an […]

Celtics-Bulls Game 6 packs them in

Comcast, TNT score big ratings Game 6 of the first-round playoff matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls was one for the ages. The triple-overtime thriller – in which the Bulls beat the Celtics 129-127 – was the highest-rated first-round game ever, drawing a 3.5 household rating and 5.4 million viewers overall according to Nielsen. TNT also led […]

Celtics-Bulls scores in the ratings for ABC

Game 4 of what is shaping up to be the best series in the NBA Playoffs (excuse the hometown bias) scored big in the ratings Sunday afternoon – between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. Led by Ben Gordon, the Bulls scored a 121-118 double-overtime victory at the United Center over the Celtics to tie the series at 2-2. […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag – The Cable Edition

An all-cable edition of the Grab Bag, with the NBA taking center stage: – The rematch of the last year’s NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics was a ratings blockbuster for TNT Thursday night, with the cable network drawing its highest ratings in 13 years (a Feb. 2 1996 between the Chicago Bulls and Lakers – […]

Celtics, NBA big winners

The Boston Celtics won their first NBA championship in 22 years, and ABC scored its highest ratings for NBA in their current broadcast deal. The 131-92 blowout win by the Celtics over the Lakers averaged 17 million viewers and a 6.9 Nielsen rating among adults 18-49 and a 7.1 among adults 25-54 (from 8 p.m. to 11:01 p.m. CDT), according […]

NBA Finals continue to score

Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers continue to shoot excellent three-pointers behind the line, according to Nielsen: – The game drew a total of 14,5 million viewers for the entire game, up 55 percent from last year’s Cavs-Spurs series. – The program easily won among adults 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54 in […]

NBA Finals, "Swingtown" draws viewers to the tube

Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics drew 9.5 million viewers in prime time and a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, up 28 percent from last year’s Game 1 (Cavs-Spurs.) In all, 13.4 million viewers tuned in to the game from 8 p.m. to 10:59 p.m. (Central Time.) Meanwhile, CBS’ […]

Wings beat Pistons in TV ratings in Detroit

The Stanley Cup Finals continue to roll on the Motor City with the Red Wings vs. Sid the Kid. Game 3 of the Detroit Red Wings-Pittsburgh Penguins series on NBC beat the competing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics on Wednesday in Detroit, with hockey getting an 18.8 rating and 29 […]