This is truly must-see TV in the sports world. But you didn’t need me to tell you that, did you? With an average of 158,628 households tuning in to catch Shaquille O’Neal’s debut with the Phoenix Suns, the local television broadcast of last night’s (Wednesday) Suns/Lakers game drew an average rating of 8.8 and a 12 share on FSN Arizona, marking an all-time high.

Last night’s rating surpasses the previous record for a Suns game on FSN Arizona (7.9 rating), which ironically was set when the Suns took on Shaq and his former team the Miami Heat on January 11, 2005. The Suns have been televised on FSN Arizona since the 2003-04 season.

Additionally, the combined rating (15.6) of the Suns/Lakers game on FSN Arizona and ESPN (6.8) was the highest rated program in Phoenix yesterday, including “American Idol” (12.9/19 share).

  • Kobe 4 Life Nikkas

    shaq is so g*y he ain gonna get another championship, suns arent championship material

  • kelvlam

    It’s still waiting to be seen, of who’s going to Western Conf. final with Lakers – will it be Suns or Mavs or Spurs?!

  • Kobe08-09

    1st Round- 1.Lakers Vs 8.Nuggets Result: Lakers in Game 5
    1st Round- 2.Suns Vs. 7.Rockets Result: Suns in game 6
    1st Round- 3.Noh Vs. 6.Spurs Result: Spurs in game 6
    1st Round- 4.Jazz Vs 5.Dallas Result: Dallas in game 6

    2nd Round- 1.Lakers vs 5.Dallas Result: Lakers in game 6
    2nd Round- 2.Suns vs 6.Spurs Result: Suns in game 7

    3rd Round- 1.Lakers vs 2.Suns Result: Lakers in game 7

    Finals- 1.Lakers vs 1.Boston Result: Lakers in game 7

  • The Nugget

    To be expected, Lakers always bring in big ratings. It’s Showtime! :D

  • as1084

    why do u think stern is praying every night got a lakers-suns matchup in the playoffs and a lakers-celtics finals…lakers=money for the NBA

  • Luke4Mvp

    **for a lakers-suns** sorry


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    I remember that during the 2004 season, Stern said the NBA is better off with the Lakers not being the Champs. I bet he really regrets that :P

  • Sako

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    kobe08-09, that can’t happen, phoenix can’t be 2nd with hornets at 3rd, 2nd in thivision has to be either 3rd or 4th