Ratings from sportsmediawatch (from sportsbusinessjournal)
Of all the US teams, guess who has seen the biggest increase in TV ratings? (Games thru January 2nd)
<<So far this season, the team with the largest increase in ratings is the New York Islanders, whose ...0.38 rating on MSG marks a 124% increase from last year.>>
Ok.. you'll note the "..." in the note above, here's the complete quote:
<<So far this season, the team with the largest increase in ratings is the New York Islanders, whose paltry 0.38 rating on MSG marks a 124% increase from last year.>>
Neil Best in Newsday noted that the Isles rating for Rick DiPietro's return Friday was a 0.55. (The Nets rating was 0.02)
Devils ratings are up about 55%, while Ranger ratings have dropped 8%. Nevertheless, more households watch an average Ranger game, than an average Islander+Devil game COMBINED.
Isles rating is 69% of the Devils, and about 40% of the Rangers. Last season (to this point), they were only 49% of the Devils and only 16% of the Rangers.
The Penguins draw the highest rating of any team in their local market, averaging over 8%. Buffalo is second, with a 6.17 rating. (The teams were reversed at this time last year.)
The Penguin and Sabre ratings largely reflect the absence of an NBA team in those markets, as well as market size. The Yankee rating on YES this season, was 4.62; of course New York dwarfs both of the other markets in size.Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick