MSG Network's New York Rangers Ratings Up
Season-to-date Nielsen Household Rating Up 7% and Key Male Demo Rating
Up 19% Through First 20 Games on MSG Network
New York, NY (December 2, 2011) - MSG Network's telecasts of the New York Rangers have recorded a 7% increase in the average Nielsen household rating (0.80 HH vs. 0.75 HH) and a 19% spike in the average rating in the M25-54 demo (0.83 M25-54 vs. 0.70 M25-54) through the first 20 games on the network compared to 2010-11.
Monday's game versus the Penguins scored season high ratings of 1.60 in the household and 1.89 in the M25-54 demo. Both ratings marks were the highest single regular season game ratings for the Rangers on MSG Network since April 11, 2010 when the Rangers faced the Flyers in the final game of the regular season (2.72 HH, 2.29 M25-54).
The Rangers are 14-5-3 on the season, with a 7-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden, and tied for third in the league in points with 31. The team travels to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning tomorrow and then returns home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. on MSG Network with a pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
MSG Networks telecasts over 300 live NHL games each year as well as "HOCKEY NIGHT LIVE," the only comprehensive hockey show in the New York area, every Saturday night throughout the hockey season.
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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.