Here is some information passed along by Comcast SportsNet New England:
The Celtics are on pace to set multiple ratings benchmarks on Comcast SportsNet New England this season. The team is on track for the highest-rated season in the network’s 30-year Celtics history. Through 46 games this season, Comcast SportsNet is averaging a 4.7 rating, which equals an estimated 188,000 New England homes, a 42 percent increase over the 3.3 average rating posted this time last season. Comcast SportsNet is on pace to shatter its previous season-high rating record of 3.5, posted during the 2008-09 season. Since Comcast SportsNet purchased the network in 2007, ratings for the Celtics have increased 176 percent.
During the season, Comcast SportsNet has set all-time highs for a single regular season game telecast, season opener telecast, as well as pre-game and post game shows.
Highlights from the season include:
- Highest rated regular season telecast in history – 7.5 rating (estimated 300,000 New England homes) on November 17, 2010
- Highest rated post-game show in history (including playoffs) – 4.9 rating (196,000 New England homes) for New England Ford Dealers Celtics Postgame Live on January 5, 2011
- Highest rated pre-game show in history (including playoffs) – 2.6 rating (estimated 104,000 New England homes) for Celtics Pre-Game Live presented by Ace Tickers on February 10, 2011
- Highest rated first telecast of the season – 5.6 (224,000 New England homes) for Celtics vs. Cavaliers on October, 27, 2010
- 110 percent increase in Celtics Postgame Live – 2.4 vs. 1.2.
- 32 percent increase in Celtics Pre-Game Live – 9 vs. .7.
- Two telecasts surpassing a 7.0 rating (only one other in network history)
- Eight regular season telecasts surpassing a 6.0 rating (previous high – two games in 2008-09)
- 146 percent increase with females 25-54 on 2010-11 telecasts – 2.36 vs. .96
During the season, Comcast SportsNet has shared 11 telecasts with national networks ESPN and TNT and Comcast SportsNet’s telecasts, featuring 30-year telecast tandem Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn, have out rated the national competitors by 88 percent.
With the NBA All Star Game this weekend, look at what some of the seats around the Staples Center are going for: