Whether it was the story line of Kevin Durant spurning Oklahoma City for Golden Gates or Russell Westbrook’s MVP style heroics, it didn’t matter as fans and viewers flocked to any and all Oklahoma City nationally broadcasted game.
Only behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder were third in millions of views. They averaged 1.99 million views over 24 nationally televised games according to Sports Media Watch. Small market be damned.
The Thunder finished 47-35 on the season, it’s the third worst season since the Thunder relocated from Seattle, but that didn’t seem to hurt the viewers. Oklahoma City finished sixth in the Western Conference.
San Antonio finished fourth, another small market that has excelled in nationally televised games. The lowly New York Knicks finished out the top five.
Detroit, Brooklyn, Denver, Miami, and Indiana were the bottom five teams. They all averaged under 1.16 million views.
Expect the Thunder to draw a bunch more as they will be playing all of the games against the Houston Rockets. Games 1 and 2 will be on TNT, then on ABC. So, the country will have plenty of times to revel in Westbrook’s masterful abilities.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!