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May 01, 2009

TNT's NBA playoffs set record; 'Ghost Hunters'

Ghosthunters_jasonandgrant Remember last Thursday when all those broadcast shows hit all-time lows?

Well, the same night, TNT’s coverage of the Boston Celtics vs. the Chicago Bulls was the most-watched round one NBA playoff game in cable TV history.

The game, which went into triple overtime, was seen by 5.4 million viewers. Naturally that means the coverage was also cable’s top telecast for the evening. 

Also on cable: Wednesday's fifth-season spring finale of Sci-yes-we're-still-gonna-change-Fi's Ghost Hunters delivered 2.6 million viewers and a 1.3 rating. For the season, the show is up overall year over year -- again.

Forget the afterlife, the biggest mystery in the universe continues to be how this low-tech show continues to grow every single season, five years running. Even those close to the show are just as baffled as anybody. This isn't to knock Ghost Hunters, it's just ... you have the writers, actors, directors, special effects people on primetime dramas working like mad trying to keep audiences entertained and still watching their numbers slide, yet here's the Roto-Rooter plumbers wandering around with flashlights saying they just heard a voice and their audience somehow keeps growing.

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