Knicks on MSG Network Score Highest Rating for a Preseason Game Since 2004
Nielsen Household Rating of 2.28 Up 322% Compared to 2010 Preseason Home Opener
New York, NY (December 22, 2011) - Last night's MSG Network telecast of the New York Knicks-New Jersey Nets preseason game from Madison Square Garden scored a 2.28 Nielsen Household rating making it the highest rated preseason game on the network since 2004 when Nielsen began using LPM (Local People Meter) to measure ratings in New York.
Last night's game also topped the Knicks 2010 preseason home opener ratings. Compared to the Knicks-Timberwolves preseason game on October 6, 2010, last night's game was up 322% in the household rating (2.28 vs. 0.54 HH).
Last season, the Knicks regular season ratings averaged a 1.80 HH Nielsen rating over 77 games on MSG Network, up 100% from the previous season.
MSG Network will telecast 56 of the Knicks' 66 2011-12 regular season games starting Wednesday, December 28 at 10:30 p.m. when the team travels to Golden State. All regular season games will be preceded by the 30-minute pre-game show "Knicks Game Night," and most games will be followed by the "Ford Post-Game" show.
Highlights from MSG Network's slate of games include: New York at Oklahoma City on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.; New York at Miami on Friday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m.; New York at Boston on Friday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m.; Los Angeles Lakers at New York on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m.; New York at Chicago on Monday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.; and Orlando at New York on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, MSG Networks telecasts nearly 400 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 has won 63 New York Emmy Awards over the last four years, more than any New York station or network.
About MSG Media
MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Media is also responsible for managing interactive initiatives (online, mobile, VOD and iTV) across all business segments. MSG Media is part of The Madison Square Garden Company, a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis, as well as MSG Action Sports, an action sports and lifestyle division. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.