How low can those NBA ratings go?
Admittedly, Tuesday was a pretty rough night for sports television if pucks and skates weren't part of the package. CBC drew more than 1.9 million viewers for Vancouver's 3-1 victory over Chicago. TSN's Anaheim-Detroit game attracted 528,000 viewers even though it ended well after midnight in the east.
But even with that kind of competition, you'd think the second round of the NBA playoffs would do better than it did Tuesday. The Dallas-Denver game averaged 17,000 viewers on The Score, which is about the same size audience that would stick through an hour of static.
But that was positively huge compared to the audience TSN2 drew for LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks: 9,000. Yes, it's TSN2 and it's still not on Rogers Cable (13 days to Jay-Day, if you're counting.) But there are 3 a.m. kitchen magician infomercials that do better.
Heck, maybe next time TSN2 can just invite the audience to its studios and save transmission costs.