Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
In a sports loving region such as Northeast Ohio that’s not seen a championship in 50 years (Ohio State nullifies this for some, but indoor soccer does not), it’s of little surprise that its fans will go ga-ga when there’s a whiff of an opportunity in the air.
With respect to the Cleveland Cavs, that’s not a whiff. It’s the most pleasant stench there can be for bewildered followers of the area’s sports woes. The Cavs look like a championship team, possess the swagger of one and it’s reasonable to believe that they can deliver one – this year.
That’s reflected in the team’s ratings, which are up 168 percent overall versus last year, on Fox Sports Ohio. But Wednesday night, the team’s match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies delivered some of the best numbers of the season, according to a Fox Sports Ohio news release:
According to Nielsen, last night’s Cavs-Grizzlies game delivered a 12.1 HH rating in Cleveland on FOX Sports Ohio, reaching over 177,000 households:
This is the new highest rated non-simulcast game so far this season, bumping the Cavs-Magic game from March 15 (11.8 HH) to the second spot.
It is the 2nd highest rated non-simulcast game ever on FOX Sports Ohio behind the 14.1 HH rating posted from the Cavs-76ers game on April 15, 2009.
It is also now the 2nd highest rated game of this season, including simulcast games.