New York, NY (April 10, 2012) – MSG Networks’ New York Rangers average Nielsen household rating for the regular season was up 36% compared to the 2010-11 regular season average (0.99 HH vs. 0.73 HH). The household rating was also the highest regular season rating for the Rangers since the 2008-09 season when they scored a 1.05 household rating.
The Rangers average ratings on MSG Networks were also up in every demo across the board compared to last season, including a 150% increase in the key demo of young adults ages 21 to 34 (0.65 A21-34 vs. 0.26 A21-34).
The Rangers drop the puck on the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, April 12 when they host the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 p.m. MSG, which will exclusively carry every Rangers game in the first round in the New York region, begins coverage at 6:00 p.m. and will follow the game with an hour-long postgame show. MSG Networks’ comprehensive weekly hockey show, “HOCKEY NIGHT LIVE,” makes its postseason debut Saturday night and continues throughout the playoffs.
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, MSG Networks telecasts nearly 700 live professional games per year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and 50 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Pac 12, Big 12), as well as other award-winning original programming. MSG Networks recently earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, the most in the New York region for the third year in a row. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has won a total of 79 New York Emmy Awards, which is also more than any New York station or network in that time.