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TBS GETS RATINGS HELP FROM BLAZERS-LAKERS; BARKLEY PROFILED
Published November 3, 2000
TBS' season-opening NBA doubleheader on Tuesday, featuring 76ers-Knicks and Trail Blazers-Lakers, averaged a 1.8 cable rating, up 28% from last year's regular season average of 1.3, but down 10% from '99's opening-night doubleheader on TNT, according to Prentis Rogers of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (11/3). In Houston, David Barron reports that Tuesday's T'Wolves-Rockets opener earned a 3.6/5 on new Rockets carrier KTBU-IND. Barron calls the rating "not good, but understandable. ... Factor in reduced expectations, the fact the season opener took place on Halloween and the move to a new channel, and the result was a nine-point drop from last year's 12.6/18 for the opener." Barron writes that as the season "progresses and fans become more acquainted with the Rockets' new home on [KTBU], ratings are likely to increase" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/3). NBA BEAT: In Chicago, John Jackson reviews "The NBA Beat," NBA.com TV's new interactive call-in show held each afternoon at 4:00pm. Jackson writes that the show "needs a little work," as it debuted Tuesday with a host "sitting behind a computer at a desk taking calls and e-mail from fans around the world. It's a glorified version of sports- talk radio -- thankfully without the sexist slant -- and that's a bit dull for television" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/3). SIR CHARLES STANDING OUT: In CA, Evan Tuchinsky calls Turner NBA studio analyst Charles Barkley "opinionated, funny, charismatic. The only shame is he's buried on cable" (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 11/3). During last night's Mavs-Pacers game, Barkley noted Mavs C Shawn Bradley dunking on Pacers C Jermaine O'Neal: "You got to foul him. You don't want to be on 'SportsCenter'." TNT's Ernie Johnson: "Hey, you can't mention that here, can you?" (TNT, 11/2).