Cavs post another monster rating

SPORTSBIZ -- KEVIN KLEPS

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.

OHSAA football championships return to STO

For the eighth consecutive year, SportsTime Ohio will televise all seven (7) division state championship games. For the first time in 25 years, the state championship games will be played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. From 1982-1989, 37 state football championships were held in Ohio Stadium.

There will be a live half-hour pregame show prior to every game. Drennan Livewith Bruce Drennan will also air live from outside Ohio Stadium Thursday from 3:30pm to 7:00pm. Please see schedule HERE.

Matt Underwood, Michael Reghi (
@MichaelReghi), Mike Cairns (@MikeCairns5), Ashley Collins (@STOAshley), Ryan Cavanaugh (@ryancav7), Andre Knott (@DreKnott), Greg Frey and Frank Stams will all be involved providing play-by-play, color commentary, and sideline reports. In addition, Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky), Bill Powers (@Coachbp24) and Chris Wells (@BeanieWells26) will be in the studio providing updates, halftime programming and postgame wrap up.

SportsTime Ohio is also excited to provide
After-School All-Stars Ohio kids the opportunity to ride the SportsTime Ohio Browns Fan Express to Ohio Stadium for Thursday's game.

For more information visit
www.foxsportsohio.com or follow SportsTime Ohio on Facebook and Twitter #OHChamps. The games will be made available to viewers in southwest Ohio on Time Warner Cable channels 99 and 1311.

Ready for RedsFest

FOX Sports Ohio is proud to once again be the title sponsor of this year's Redsfest. It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati this Friday, December 5th from 3:00pm to 10:30pm and Saturday, December 6th from 11:00am to 6:30pm.

As the TV home of the
Cincinnati Reds and title sponsor of Redsfest, FOX Sports Ohio will have a space at the event, offering fans the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities.

- Test your Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii U skills in the FOX Sports Ohio Game Express, the network's video game truck.

- Reds broadcasters Jim Day, Chris Welsh, Brian Giesenschlag, Jeff Piecoro, Jeff Brantley and Jim Kelch will stop by throughout the event to sign autographs.

- Come and take pictures with Cleatus, the giant FOX robot!

- The FOX Sports Ohio Girl Kristine will be on site to meet fans. Kristine will also participate in the annual Wiffleball Home Run Derby and the Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament.
For the most updated information and additional details about Redsfest, please visit reds.com/redsfest.

UD Flyers Hoops on FSO

FOX Sports Ohio announced its University of Dayton men's basketball schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

FOX Sports Ohio will televise three men's basketball games. Tip-off for the first Flyers game on FOX Sports Ohio is Saturday, November 29th at 2:00pm as Dayton hosts University of Illinois Chicago. A complete schedule is HERE.

Color analyst Derrick Dukes returns to the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast table to call all the action for all three games. Jim Day will do play-by-play for the Nov. 29th game and Jeff Piecoro will call play-by-play for the following two games.

Cavs Watch & Win Promotion

FOX Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers  announced the "Cavs/FOX Sports Watch and Win" promotion.

Cavs fans who tuned in to FOX Sports Ohio Wed. Nov. 19th and Fri. Nov. 21st for the Cavs games saw chances to win four (4) tickets to an upcoming Cavs game at Quicken Loans Arena.

Once each half, the broadcast team gave a keyword and cue to enter. Viewers were to text that keyword to 720720 for their chance to win a four-pack of tickets to an upcoming Cavs game (date TBD).


Thousands of fans entered each night and four lucky winners will be heading to The Q for a future game. 


Cavs ratings continue to rise

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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.

Announcing 2014-15 UC Bearcats Men's Basketball Telecast Schedule

FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to announce its University ofCincinnati Bearcats 2014-2015 basketball coverage. The network will produce five men's games this season as well as Inside Bearcats Weekly with Mick Cronin.

HERE is a schedule of regular season games on FOX Sports Ohio. Tom Gelehrter will do play-by-play and Terry Nelson will be the color analyst.


Within the FOX Sports Ohio territory, all FOX Sports Ohio produced UC game telecasts, with the exception of the game on November 19th, will be available on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content. Users can also go to FOXSportsGO.com to watch on the web. Customers of participating video providers must sign in with a valid pay-TV subscription to watch the Bearcats on FOX Sports GO. For detailed questions regarding the Fox Sports GO, please visit http://www.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo/

The Mick Cronin edition of Bearcats Sports Weekly premieres Thursday, Dec. 11th and will air Thursdays at 6:00pm.Additional replays will also be scheduled around the network's programming later the same evening. The show will continue to be hosted by Gelehrter.

Highest rated Cavs game in four years

Cavs Vs Pelicans: Highest Rated Fox Sports Ohio Game in Four Years



The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business last night against the New Orleans Pelicans. The game had everything we had hoped for in the Cavs Home Opener: a win, some exciting plays and some great offense. The Cavs needed the win to square them at 3 – 3. For those who care it also put them in the playoffs, tied for the sixth seed with two other teams.
According to information sent to us via Fox Sports Ohio it was also their highest rated game since the first game after LeBron James left the team:
The Cavs 118-111 win over the Pelicans last night garnered a 9.7 HH rating in Cleveland on FOX Sports Ohio (approx. 144,000 households).
Last night’s game was the highest rated Cavs game on FOX Sports Ohio since Oct. 27, 2010 (10.38 HH) which was the Cavs home opener vs. the Celtics (Cavs won 95-87) and first game following LeBron James’ departure to the Heat.
Following the final buzzer, over 63,000 households stayed tuned in for Cavaliers Live postgame show during which Kevin Love and Dion Waiters video-bombed Allie Clifton’s interview with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. WATCH
Not an overly surprising statistic that it has been four years since that kind of rating, except that the higher rating was after James left. Fans were likely very curious to see what the Cavs could be without their star but quickly lost the intrigue factor as the team’s performance was poor.

With LeBron back and Kevin Love joining the fold you can expect that these type of ratings will happen every time the Cavs grace FSO. The network gives good coverage with solid reporters who are local and passionate about the team. Most, or all, of them have covered the team for years, and are not just with the team now that they are good. For this writer who has been covering the team for a couple years, and watched as many games as possible, they are the type of reporters I like to hear from.

Florida Fly Away

The Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio launched the Florida Fly Away sweepstakes, which gives one grand prize winner a trip for two to see the Jackets face off against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 31. Fans that tune into the 12 game broadcasts on FSO through Friday, November 29 will be given a keyword to enter online at www.BlueJackets.com/FloridaFlyAway or text to 37664.

During each of the 12 broadcasts during the sweepstakes, a nightly winner will be randomly selected to receive a player-autographed puck, two tickets and the chance to win the grand prize road trip which includes round-trip airfare for two from Columbus to Tampa; three-night hotel stay; pair of game tickets to see the Jackets play the Lightning at the Amalie Arena on Saturday, January 31; and $300 spending cash. 

The grand prize winner will be recognized in-arena on Wednesday, January 14 when the Blue Jackets host the Montreal Canadiens. For complete rules, visit www.BlueJackets.com/FloridaFlyAway.

Lauren Hill's first college basketball game

On Sunday, Nov. 2nd, FOX Sports Ohio televised live the women’s basketball game between Mount St. Joseph University and Hiram College featuring Lauren Hill, a terminally ill freshman whose dream was to play in a college game.

The NCAA granted Mount St. Joseph an exemption to play the game earlier than originally scheduled to accommodate the wish of Lauren Hill to achieve her dream of playing in one college basketball game. Lauren was diagnosed last October with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a form of brain cancer which is currently an incurable condition.

Because of the public’s overwhelming demand for tickets to the game, Xavier University officials offered the use of the Cintas Center, and tickets sold out within 30 minutes. To accommodate interest from those who missed the opportunity to purchase a game ticket, FOX Sports Ohio televised the game live. The carrying of the game was referenced by local and national media, from the Cincinnati Business Courier to USA Today & People Magazine.

FOXSportsOhio.com’s coverage of the event included a feature story, video of her first basket, an interview with her, and a photo gallery.


The game was also be available to all users on FOX Sports GO.
Lauren and her family selected The Cure Starts Now Foundation as the recipient of the funds raised. All proceeds will be provided to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to continue support of their International DIPG registry. The registry’s primary goal is understanding the biology of DIPGs in the interest of developing more effective therapies and approaches to diagnosis, assessment and treatments that will improve patient outcomes. Donations to The Cure Starts Now can be made here: http://www.thecurestartsnow.org/heroes/163/