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Worth The Wait: Blackhawks, Wild Latest Teams To Set New TV Ratings Records
Published January 24, 2013
MARKET WATCH: Comcast SportsNet Chicago earned a 5.4 local rating for the Blackhawks’ home opener against the Blues on Tuesday night, marking the net’s best rating ever for a Blackhawks regular-season game. That topped the previous high (4.4 rating), set on March 5, 2010, for a game against the Canucks. Meanwhile, MSG Network earned its best ratings in the N.Y. market for both the Rangers and Islanders in around 15 years. MSG earned a 2.9 local rating for Rangers-Bruins on Saturday, marking the net’s best Rangers rating since Rangers-Whalers on April 20, 1995. Saturday’s game also ranks as the fourth-best Rangers regular-season game since MSG began receiving ratings during the ’89-90 season. MSG+ earned a 1.0 local rating for Islanders-Devils on Saturday, marking the second-best Islanders regular-season game since the net began recording ratings for the team in the ’91-92 season. Only the Rangers-Islanders game on March 25, 2002, scored higher (2.0 rating). FS North also set a new high for the Wild. Saturday’s season opener against the Avalanche, marking the team debut of LW Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter, earned a 7.7 local rating in Minneapolis-St. Paul, beating the previous record of a 4.6 set for Wild-Jets on December 13, 2011. The Wild’s second game on Sunday against the Stars also now ranks second with a 5.4 local rating. The Blues, Capitals and Bruins also had record-setting local ratings announced earlier in the week.
CANADIAN BAKIN’: Sportsnet Ontario averaged 1.1 million viewers for regional coverage of Sabres-Maple Leafs on Monday night, marking the best audience ever for a regional telecast on any of Sportsnet’s channels. Sportsnet Pacific averaged 623,000 viewers for Oilers-Canucks on Sunday night, marking the RSN’s fifth-best Canucks telecast all-time. The CBC also announced record-setting ratings for “Hockey Night in Canada” earlier in the week.