Cavs ratings continue to rise

Cavaliers could use Corey Brewer's defense on the wing, but a rim protector is the more dire need

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Fox Sports Ohio senior vice president and general manager Francois McGillicuddy told us last month he wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavs’ local TV ratings tripled this season. So far, that barometer seems realistic.

The Cavs’ 122-121 win over the Celtics last Friday generated a 9.8 rating and was watched by more than 145,000 households. That edged the 118-111 win over the Pelicans on Nov. 10 for the highest-rated Cavs broadcast since the 2010-11 season opener. The Pelicans game posted a 9.7 rating.

On Saturday, the Cavs’ 127-94 rout of the Hawks garnered a 7.52 rating and was viewed by more than 111,000 households on Fox Sports Ohio.

Cavs broadcasts averaged a 2.79 rating on Fox Sports Ohio last season, which ranked seventh in the league. The Cavs had the NBA’s best local TV ratings in 2008-09 and 2009-10, including a record 8.79 norm in ’08-09.