From ESPN:

Sunday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on ESPN – in which Boston defeated Miami in overtime to even their series 2-2 – delivered a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest ever for an NBA playoff game on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime.

The 7.9 overnight rating is up 39 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals – Mavericks/Thunder – on ESPN (5.7) and up 30 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – Magic/Celtics – on ESPN (6.1).

In Boston, the game generated a 20.7 rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game ever in the market. Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami – the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.

A couple other items:

Q&A with Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell – The NESN Red Sox reporter talks about how she got her start in the on-air side of the business.

Former Patriot Troy Brown is among those taking part in the Sixth Annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” taking place later this month. A few other players who spent time in New England – Chad Brown, Corey Mays and Kevin O’Connell are also among those taking part.

Maine TV Anchor Reports Last Night’s Heat-Celtics Game Four Ended In A Tie – Um, Yeah.

5 thoughts on “Game Four Is Highest Rated NBA Playoff Game For Boston

  1. I think she took this right after Colin Cowherd’s guide to covering the NHL and talking to people in rural counties.


  2. I actually feel bad for Torjusson who does the weekend newscast for channel 8 in Portland. WMTW is notoriously cheap and has a limited staff. There is a reason why they have been last in the ratings for decades. Even the hiring of crazy haired Shannon Moss did not help (Maine readers of BSMW know who I am talking about.). My guess is the producer who was feeding her information was equally as clueless.  


    1. I guess the question to really beg/ask is: How are you even working in TV if you think there can be a tie in the NBA?

      That level of ineptness is..

      I understand if you’re filling in if there is some huge blizzard and everyone can’t get in


  3. Not an original comment here, but Jenny Dell adds NOTHING to the telecast, other than provide a little eye candy. Usually, Orsino has already mentioned the stories during the course of the game before Dell does here MLB “update.” Her interviews with Valentine and the players are sophomoric, to be kind. Hey, if an attractive woman can do that job in a way that really enhances the telecast, great. But if she’s just on the air to get men’s pulses racing, I’d just as soon do without ’em. I know I’m fighting windmills on this one.


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