Just in the nick of time, when we needed a new thread because the last one was getting too long, comes this from MSG Network:
MSG PLUS SCORES WITH RANGERS GAME 1 RATINGS
Household Rating of 3.45 is Highest-Rated Rangers Game Since 1997
New York, NY – April 14, 2011 – MSG Plus’ Wednesday night telecast of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs garnered a 3.45 household Nielson rating, making it the highest-rated Rangers game since May 8, 1997 when the Rangers faced the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Semifinals.
The game was also the highest-rated event on MSG Plus since 2004.
Compared to the 2009 Playoffs, when the Rangers also faced the Capitals in the first round, the game was up 40% in the household (3.45 HH vs. 2.47 HH).
In the young M18-34 demographic the game scored a 3.75 rating, which was second overall when compared to all other programs in the New York region that aired last night during primetime, falling just behind Modern Family (3.76 M18-34), but ahead of American Idol (2.85 M18-34).
The Rangers and Capitals square-off in Game 2 Friday night on MSG Network starting at 7:30 p.m. Coverage of the game on MSG Network starts with the pre-game show at 7:00 p.m. and concludes immediately following the game with a 60-minute post game show.
Still about 24 hours to join our playoff beard contest … Send me your “before” photo along with your actual name and your screen name (the one we’ll use to identify you) and your email address (in case we have questions). Send them to rcarpini@Lohud.com.
You may now continue your discussion of whether Sean Avery should replace one of the other fourth-liners, or whether fourth-liner Erik Christensen should be promoted to the first line — which usually works for about 10 minutes then goes to hell.