The Sixers are still struggling in terms of attendance, currently ranking 29th of 30 NBA teams drawing just over 13K fans per game. However, there are signs that Philadelphia is starting to pay attention to their first place basketball team. Their ratings on Comcast Sportsnet are way up.
According to a release sent by Comcast, 76ers game and pregame and postgame ratings are up 60 percent from the start of the 2010-11, which, of course, was in late October and November.
Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks averaged a 3.6 household rating (108,000 households), and was the highest-rated regular season game since Dec. 7, 2009, when Allen Iverson returned as a member of the Denver Nuggets.
Through 10 games, “Sixers Pregame Live” and “Postgame Live” were also up significantly. "Sixers Pregame Live’ is averaging 18,000 households (50 percent increase from last season) and “Sixers Postgame Live” is averaging 39,000 households (up 117% from last season).