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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Isles ratings soar! Rangers/Devils too!

From an MSG Press Release: http://www.msg.com/msg-news/ratings-soar-on-msg-networks-for-hockey-season-openers.html

"The MSG+ telecast of the Islanders-Devils game garnered a 1.00 household rating, making it the second-highest rated regular season Islanders game on the network ever, dating back to the 1991-92 season when MSG+ started tracking household ratings. The only Islanders game on MSG+ to generate a higher regular season rating was the March 25, 2002 matchup with the Rangers, which scored a 1.99 household rating.
Through two games of the 2013 season, the average household rating for ... Islanders telecasts on MSG+ are also up compared to the first two games of the 2011-12 season ... 0.79 HH vs. 0.20 HH)."

This means that Monday afternoon's game did a .58, which is still nearly TRIPLE last year's Islander rating ... for an AFTERNOON game ... against Tampa!

(The same release noted that the Rangers drew a 2.88 for the opener (highest in 17 years), while NBCSN noted that last night's Devils telecast was their highest rated Devils telecast (.77) ever in NY market that did not involve Rangers or Isles)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick


Anonymous said...

Good numbers!

Mike Balboa said...

Surely this was pent up demand due to the long lockout period and loads of fans gearing up for the new season - amid ultra cold weather which also had more people indoors to watch it...

Wonder if it correlates at all to the ambient temperature..?

Eric said...

Cold weather always helps television ratings. However, it had to be the pent up demand that led to such a large increase.