MSG News

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Ratings Soar on MSG Networks for Hockey Season Openers

    Rangers 2.88 Nielsen Household Rating the Fourth-Highest Regular Season Game Ever on MSG and the Highest-Rated Regular Season Game Since 1995
    Islanders 1.00 Nielsen Household Rating the Second-Highest Regular Season Game Ever on MSG+ and the Highest-Rated Regular Season Game Since 2002


    New York, NY (January 23, 2013) – MSG Networks’ telecasts of the season openers of the New York Rangers and New York Islanders on Saturday, January 19 garnered the highest regular season ratings on MSG and MSG+ in more than a decade for both teams.
    MSG’s telecast of the Rangers-Bruins game scored a 2.88 Nielsen household rating, making it the highest-rated regular season Rangers game on the network since April 20, 1995 when the Rangers-Whalers game generated a 2.92 household rating. Saturday’s game was the fourth-highest rated regular season Rangers game on MSG dating back to the 1989-90 season when the network began tracking household ratings. The game was also the second-highest rated season opener ever, trailing only the Rangers-Sabres game on January 20, 1995, which was also an opener of a shortened season and the first home game after the Rangers won the 1993-94 Stanley Cup (3.66 HH rating).
    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 Rangers telecasts on MSG and Islanders telecasts on MSG+ are also up compared to the first two games of the 2011-12 season (Rangers: 2.18 HH vs. 0.61 HH; Islanders: 0.79 HH vs. 0.20 HH).
    MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 100 live college basketball games and over 40 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2012, MSG Networks earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.