May 21, 2010, 10:57 AM EST
It has been the postseason of blowouts. And sweeps. There just has not been a lot of drama these playoffs. That has continued into the conference Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics have looked on a collision course and far better than their opponents.
Who wants to watch that?
Not a lot of you, it turns out. SportsMediaWatch is reporting that ratings are down
Wednesday’s Suns/Lakers Game 2 drew a 4.4 U.S. rating and 7.0 million viewers on TNT, down 4% in ratings and viewership from Magic/Cavaliers Game 1 on the comparable night last year (4.6, 7.3 mil), but up 7% and 13%, respectively, from Spurs/Lakers Game 1 in ’08 (4.1, 6.1 mil).
Compared to Game 2 of last year’s Nuggets/Lakers West Finals on ESPN, Wednesday’s game was down 10% and 11%, respectively, from a 4.9 and 7.9 million viewers… Suns/Lakers Game 2 is the second straight Conference Final game to have a decline in ratings and viewership versus the comparable night last year.
So far these playoffs, 60 percent of games with a comparable night the year before have drawn lower ratings than the year before. And all the sweeps means fewer high drama (meaning high rating) games as well.
That said, the ratings have been solid, just not spectacular. However, after reading this David Stern walked down to his local church and said a prayer for a Lakers/Celtics finals.
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