The Cavs’ 111-108 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night generated an 8.9 rating on Fox Sports Ohio. The game was watched by more than 132,000 households, and the rating was the third-best of the season for a Cavs game on the network.
The final 45 minutes of the contest had a rating above 12, with more than 178,000 households tuning in, according to Fox Sports Ohio. The postgame show also posted huge numbers — a 6.0 rating and 90,000 households.
For the season, Cavs broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio are averaging a 7.3 rating, which is a 114% increase from the first 15 games of the 2013-14 season. The 7.3 norm is also almost 162% above the Cavs’ average rating for the 2013-14 season (2.79).
That’s remarkable in itself. But when you consider that Fox Sports Ohio’s Cavs ratings ranked seventh in the NBA last season, it gets even better.
Those numbers will continue to improve as the Cavs continue to play up to the lofty standards everyone set prior to the season.
Will the Cavs’ ratings triple, as we’ve predicted?
Like David Blatt dusting off Mike Miller for some crunch-time minutes Tuesday night, or the possibility of Dion Waiters getting traded for interior help, anything seems possible with this team.