Spurs-Grizzlies Game 2 register record low ratings - Mars Reel
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Spurs-Grizzlies Game 2 register record low ratings


via Sports Media Watch


David Stern’s greatest fear seems to have materialized. It is the worst kept secret in the NBA that Stern hates the Spurs for being a low ratings draw.   The elimination of the two LA teams, OKC which has Durant and the interesting Cinderella story of the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs-Grizzlies matchup is a worst case scenario when it comes to TV ratings.


per Sports Media Watch



Even with an overtime finish, Game 2 of the Grizzlies/Spurs series was a poor draw on ESPN.

Game 2 of the Grizzlies/Spurs NBA Western Conference Finals drew 4.6 million viewers on ESPN Tuesday night, down 48% from Celtics/Heat Game 2 last year (8.8M), and down 34% from Thunder/Mavericks Game 2 in 2011 (7.0M).


Compared to Game 2 of last year’s Thunder/Spurs WCF on TNT (7.3M), Tuesday’s viewership declined 37%.



Grizzlies/Spurs Game 2 ranks as the least-viewed conference final game on cable since Jazz/Spurs Game 5 in 2007 (4.0M). Every single conference final game from 2008-2012 drew at least five million viewers, and every game from 2009-12 drew at least six million.



The series even pales in comparison to the second round of this year’s playoffs. Grizzlies/Thunder Game 2 drew 4.8 million viewers on TNT May 7, and Warriors/Spurs Game 2 scored 5.3 million on TNT May 8.



Final ratings and viewership were not immediately available for Sunday’s Grizzlies/Spurs Game 1 on ABC. The game drew a 3.9 overnight rating.

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