Celtics/Cavs Highest Rated Season Opener In CSN History

The home of the Boston Celtics, Comcast SportsNet, reports that the Boston Celtics-Cleveland Cavaliers telecast was the network’s highest rated first game telecast in history.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers achieved a 5.6 household rating and reached an estimated 246,000 homes in the region. The telecast peaked at an 8.6 household rating or 378,000 New England homes during the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

While the Celtics-Cavaliers telecast was the Celtics’ second game of the season and the game competed with the opening game of the World Series, the telecast outperformed any season opening telecast in the network’s 30-year history. The previous first game highs were 4.7 household ratings in 1999 and 2009.

Celtics Let Down In Cleveland, Fall To Cavs (With Contest!)

After the stirring opening night win over Miami, it seemed inevitable for there to be a letdown for the Celtics last night as they traveled out to Cleveland for the Cavs’ home opener. The Celtics led for much of this game, but the offense stumbled in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cavs to post a 95-87 win over the Celtics.

LeBron James-less Cavaliers win opener – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics letting this one slip away.

An inevitable letdown? – Paul Flannery says that the Celtics have no real excuse for this loss.

Celtics fall to LeBron-less Cavs, 95-87 – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics making the Cavs fan base feel pretty good over the last two nights.

Five from afar: New season, old habits – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics getting into some old habits last night.

It didn’t take long for call to go out – Gary Washburn’s notebook has Shaq picking up a technical last night, and a number of other items from the game.

Tom Heinsohn’s antics unseen by Celtics’ viewers– Bill Doyle has Heinsohn and Mike Gorman talking about their time together, including what fans don’t get to see Heinsohn doing during the CSN broadcasts.

Randy Moss poses challenge for Pats – Mike Reiss says that the Vikings receiver just might get the better of his former teammates.

Position is clearly versatile – Michael Vega examines some of the different ways that the Patriots have deployed their front line this season. Christopher Price also has a good piece on the players up front.

Patriots’ Moss-less offense preaches patience – Ian Rapoport says that we’re going to have to be patient with the Patriots offense as they continue to adjust to life without Randy Moss.

Kyle Arrington to face hoop buddy Moss – Rich Thompson has the Patriots cornerback talking about Moss’ basketball skills, and how he plans to play him on the football field on Sunday.

Randy Moss passes on Patriots knowledge – Karen Guregian has the Vikings trying to get as much Patriots knowledge from Moss as possible.

Rookie Jordan Caron is ahead of the curve – Joe Haggerty notes that the teenaged rookie has already earned the trust of the coaching staff.

Boston Bruins’ rivalry with Toronto Maple Leafs becoming more intense – Mike Loftus says that things are personal between these teams. Joe McDonald says that these franchise have a lot of similarities.

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Heat Superteam No Match For Old Celtics

The Celtics played postseason defense last night as they clamped down on the Miami Heat, holding them to 9 points in the first quarter and 80 for the game en route to an 88-80 opening night victory at the TD Garden.

LeBron James led a second-half run that had the Heat as close as three with just over a minute to play, but the Celtics closed things out for the win. Ray Allen had 20 points in the win, while Paul Pierce had 19.

Celtics own the night, beat Heat, 88-80 – A. Sherrod Blakely has the game recap, and links to the other CSN coverage.

Celtics can enjoy, move on – Steve Bulpett says that with this one behind them, the Celtics can move onto the regular season.

Debut a slam dunk – Michael Vega has Shaquille O’Neal making an impact in his Celtics debut.

This isn’t a completely done deal – After writing yesterday about “Big Three” combinations in NBA history that won championships, Bob Ryan today looks at perhaps the most famous Big Three, which didn’t win a title.

An Icy Start For Heat; Celtics Win NBA Opener, 88-80 – Jeff Jacobs looks at the opener, and some head-scratching quotes from LeBron and Wade. Yeah, LeBron, you lost this one because you were too unselfish.

Buzz still has ears ringing – Chad Finn’s got a media column on the opening night coverage.

Not your everyday opener – Paul Flannery has a few things to take away from opening night.

Celtics show off their togetherness– Chris Forsberg has the Celtics giving Miami a chemistry lesson.

Rajon Rondo dishes out big helpings – Dan Ventura has a look at a big assist night from the Celtics point guard.

Big Daddy’s house – David Willis’ notebook has more on Shaq’s debut.

Favre soap opera is coming to town – We get our first look at new Globe NFL writer Greg A Bedard with this piece on Brett Favre this morning.

The Patriots are mysteriously elite – Glen Farley can’t figure out how the Patriots are 5-1 and among the league’s elite.

How will the Patriots go about defending Randy Moss? – Christopher Price examines how the Patriots might play against their former teammate.

Signals not crossed: Pats ignore Brad Childress – Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots not acknowledging Brad Childress’ attempts to stir up Spygate.

Young’s pitch has been well-received – Peter Abraham has the A’s pitching coach jumping to the top of the Red Sox wish list.

Sox looking inside and outside club for new pitching coach – Brian MacPherson looks at some other possible candidates.

Bruins have interest in Coyotes’ Yandle – Joe Haggerty reports on interest in the 24-year-old defenseman.

I’m actually looking forward to this World Series, which begins tonight in San Francisco. Some new blood in the series, and some more great pitching matchups, starting with Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee tonight.

The good news about the World Series being played this week, is that it means no Joe Buck on the Patriots/Vikings game Sunday. Yes, we get Thom Brennaman instead, but he’s the lesser of two evils here.

I enjoy the TNT crew last night, Marv Albert is always good, but having Steve Kerr actually criticise the officials on the blocking call against Paul Pierce when LeBron barrelled into him on the fast break, was refreshing. You don’t often hear national guys make that kind of strong statement.

Overnight ratings on the Heat/Celtics game  on TNT were at 5.6 nationally, up 75% from last year’s Celtics/Cavs opener.