The Chicago Bulls’ 85-77 win over the New Orleans Hornets wasn’t the team’s biggest or most impressive win of the season, but it did set a ratings record for Comcast SportsNet, who televised the game.
An estimated 252,538 households watched the game from start to finish, and at it’s peak an estimated 351,000 (10.02 rating) tuned in during the 9:15 PM quarter-hour.
But it was the 7.21 overall rating that set the network record for a Bulls game in the regular season or playoffs. The previous record was held by the April 30, 2009 first round playoff game agaisnt the Boston Celtics. That triple-overtime game received a 6.35 household rating.
Television ratings records are starting to become common for the Bulls. Their one-point victory over the Miami Heat was the second highest early afternoon game for that network since they required NBA broadcast rights in 2002.