New York, NY (April 16, 2012) – MSG’s average Nielsen household rating for the first two telecasts of the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is up 19% compared to the Rangers’ first two playoff game telecasts last season (3.33 HH vs. 2.79 HH) when the team faced the Washington Capitols.
Saturday’s Game 2 on MSG averaged a 3.24 household rating after Thursday’s Game 1 scored a 3.41 household rating. Last season’s first and second playoff games on MSG Networks garnered a 3.45 household rating (MSG+) and a 2.12 household rating (MSG), respectively.
Rangers ratings on MSG Networks continue to surge after a strong second half of the regular season when the team’s game telecasts saw a 29% increase in average household ratings for the last 34 games compared to the first 34 games.
With the series tied at one game each, the Rangers and the Senators face off tonight in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. MSG’s coverage of the game begins at 6:30 p.m. with the “Nissan Rangers Game Night” pregame show and continues for an hour after the final horn with the “Mercedes Postgame Show.” MSG has exclusive coverage in the New York region of all New York Rangers games in the first round of the NHL 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, 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+.