NBA TV, FS Indiana Set Audience Records With Heat-Pacers
NBA TV averaged 920,000 viewers for last night’s Heat-Pacers game, marking the best viewership yet for a telecast on the cable network, including NBA playoff games. The game, which aired as part of the net’s NBA Fan Night vote, peaked at over 1 million viewers during the 9:15-9:30pm ET window. Heat-Pacers topped the previous mark set by Lakers-Trail Blazers at the start of the '12-13 season (868,000 viewers). NBA TV also drew its second-best audience for the '13-14 regular season earlier in the week for the return of Lakers G Kobe Bryant. The Raptors-Lakers game on Sunday night drew 691,000 viewers.
FS Indiana also aired last night’s Heat-Pacers game and drew its best regular-season rating for an NBA game. The net drew a 9.33 local rating in Indianapolis, passing the previous record of a 9.32 rating for Pacers-Lakers on Feb. 4, 2003. Sun Sports also drew a 9.6 local rating in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, marking the RSN's second-best Heat game this season to date.