CLEVELAND -- From the moment he received a standing ovation while checking in for his season debut on Tuesday night, it was easy to see that Isaiah Thomas would be a Cleveland Cavaliers favorite.
The ratings would show as much. On Wednesday, Fox Sports Ohio revealed that the Cavs' 127-110 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers drew its highest rating for a Cavs game in nine years and the second-highest rating in the history of the Cavs' network, with a 13.45 HH, according to Nielsen.
The highest rated Cavs game on FSO remains the team's April 15, 2009 matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, which drew a 14.09 HH.
The reason for the increased interest on Tuesday was, of course, the Cleveland debut of Thomas, who was playing in his first game with the Cavs since being traded by the Boston Celtics last summer. A 2-time All-Star, Thomas had not taken part in an NBA game since the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, due to a hip injury that ultimately took seven months to recover from.
In 18 minutes of action, Thomas scored 17 points and dished out 3 assists. He'll sit out the Cavs' Wednesday night matchup with his former team, the Celtics for precautionary reasons, but will return to the Cleveland lineup on Saturday when his new team takes on the Orlando Magic.
And if the Tuesday night ratings are any indication, plenty will be tuning in to witness it.