Today the Knicks announced that last night’s telecast against Milwaukee saw their highest viewers in 16 years.
The Knicks said their 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday earned a 6.75 household rating, easily topping the previous high this season, a 3.61 for the Boston Celtics’ visit Dec. 15.
It was MSG’s highest-rated Knicks telecast in the regular season since Jordan’s first return to Madison Square Garden after his first retirement, when he scored 55 points in a Chicago victory.
The Knicks are averaging a 1.62 rating through 52 games, a 60 percent increase over the 1.01 at this time last season.
Nobody wants to drop the dreaded B-bomb (bandwagon) on basketball fans in New York, but can you honestly blame anyone? The Knicks have been an atrocious, poorly run franchise for 10 years, and thanks to the hard, shrewd dealings of Donnie Walsh and the attractive playing style instituted by Mike D’Antoni, this is a minor gleam on what should be a successful and radiant beam of light.