Sixers Rout Propels Comcast SportsNet


The Philadelphia 76ers' trashing of the Toronto Raptors in game five of the
National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference semifinals proved to be a
blowout for Comcast SportsNet Wednesday.

The Sixers' 121-88 triumph over Toronto averaged a 16.1 household rating,
making it the highest-rated program for the regional sports network since it
debuted in October 1997, according to Nielsen Media Research data. One ratings
point is equivalent to some 26,000 households in the Philadelphia DMA. The
ratings peaked with a quarter-hour high of an 18.1.

The May 16 cablecast easily outpaced the network's previous Nielsen best --
the 11.4 household rating it rang up during the Sixers' playoff game against the
Indiana Pacers April 24.