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Television ratings show you people like the Clippers. A lot.

Feb 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

Blake Griffin

You can add the Clippers to the list of teams people are tuning in to watch.

The NBA sent out notes to say that ratings are up. So again, what lockout? NBA TV has broadcast 34 games this season and ratings are way up — 74 percent over last year on total views, 78 percent on households watching. It’s too early to draw broad conclusions, but it doesn’t appear so far that the lockout has caused big damage to the popularity of the league. You are still watching.

But the other thing that leapt off the page is that you love watching the Clippers. NBA TV’s three most watched broadcasts this year — all three in the top five all time in viewership for the network — involve the Clippers. They are:

• Lakers at Clippers, 756,000 viewers  (1/14/12, Regular Season)

• Bulls at Clippers, 722,000 viewers (12/30/11, Regular Season)

• Clippers at Lakers, 686,000 viewers (1/25/12, Regular Season)

You have good taste. Yes, the Lakers and Bulls are the opponents, but all three being Clippers games is not a coincidence. The Clippers are both good and entertaining. Not many teams I would rather watch. My suggestion is to also check out a Timberwolves game, that is the other team right now that is fun to watch every night.

  1. eureca323 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    It probably also has a lot to do with 2 of the games involving the NBA’s biggest draw in the Lakers. And the Bulls are big market draws as well. Just saying its not as if they are playing the Bobcats.

  2. streetskater1989 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I feel like the clippers are always on tv, I enjoy watching basketball on espn and tnt and the clippers seem to be on those channels more often then not.

  3. ljl2 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Wonder how many people would love to be able to watch Kyrie…but can’t due to a national blackout this year. When was the last time the #1 pick wasn’t on national TV at all?

    • tampajoey - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      No kidding. The ROY that no one has been able to see play.

  4. minnesotablizzard - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Every Timberwolves game has become must watch this year, even if you flip around to other channels, the wolves always draw you back. The team is just so full of young talent and potential anthing could happen on any night. Rubio is just too fun to watch too. Rewind this to a few years ago and they were unbearable to watch.

    • dluxxx - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Agreed. Last year if they were down 10 in the first quarter you could turn the game off. Now if they’re down 15 in the 3rd you want to stay tuned anyway. They’ll make it interesting.

    • Justin - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I also agree about Minnesota being fun to watch. Here is my take on the Clippers. Don’t get me wrong I really like watching the Clippers play but do they have to be shoved down our throat every week. I would like to see other teams play. I want to see some Kyrie Irving too. Pacers and Sixers seem like an exciting team this year too. Why can’t we get some variety.

      Congrats to the Clippers and their fans though. People have laughed at them for many years so I am happy to see them get some recognition.

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