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  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    MSG Network’s Telecast of Knicks-Rockets Game Scores Season High Mark

    New York, NY (December 18, 2012) – MSG Network’s Monday night telecast of the New York Knicks-Houston Rockets game garnered a 4.77 Nielsen household rating, making it the highest-rated Knicks game of the 2012-13 season.

    Through 18 Nielsen-measured games on MSG this season, Knicks telecasts are averaging a 3.41 household rating, up 85% over the first 18 games of the 2011-12 season (1.84 HH rating). (Due to Hurricane Sandy, Nielsen was unable to report ratings between 10/29/2012 and 11/8/2012, including Knicks games on 11/2, 11/4 and 11/5.)

    Knicks telecasts on MSG are also scoring high ratings in the key adult and male viewer demos this season. Through the first 18 measured games on MSG, Knicks telecasts are averaging a 2.05 among Adults 25-54, up 141% compared to the 2011-12 season (0.85 A25-54), and a 2.95 among Males 25-54, up 121% compared to last season (1.33 M25-54)

    MSG’s Knicks telecasts resume tomorrow night when the team hosts the Brooklyn Nets at 7:00 p.m. Coverage on MSG starts at 6:30 p.m. with “Visa Knicks Game Night” and continues immediately after the game with the “Tri-State Ford Knicks Postgame Show” and “Knicks Extra.”

    Following coverage of the game, Episode 3 of MSG’s original series “The Garden Transformed: Year 2,” which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the second phase of Madison Square Garden’s historic, top-to-bottom transformation, debuts and features a number of special guests, including former World Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and the Beastie Boys’ Mike D.

    As 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 telecasts over 400 live professional games per year. 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+.