Despite Penguins Loss, FSN Pittsburgh Scores Ratings Records


It all turned out right for FSN Pittsburgh, except on the scoreboard at The Igloo last night.

FSN Pittsburgh, the exclusive rights-holder for the National Hockey League Penguins' regional telecasts, finished the club's 2009-10 season with a quartet of Nielsen marks: its highest-rated game, playoff series, postseason and regular season ever.
The RSN's May 12 coverage of the Montreal Canadiens' dethroning of the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in the seventh game of their second-round playoff series, averaged a 26.45 household rating and 760,400 viewers in the Pittsburgh DMA, according to Nielsen data. The telecast, the final NHL game at Mellon Arena, better known as The Igloo, at one point had a 43% share of viewers in the Pittsburgh DMA, according to officials at the RSN, which is owned by DirecTV Sports. 

During its three Penguins-Canadiens Eastern Conference semifinal telecasts, FSN averaged a 23.55 rating in the DMA, marking its best NHL playoff series.

Moreover, with six of the nine games it televised during the first two rounds of the 2010 playoffs ranking among the RSN's top 10 hockey games, FSN Pittsburgh scored its highest-rated postseason, averaging a 20.44.
Those puissant postseason performances followed an 8.17 average for the 2009-10 regular season, FSN Pittsburgh's best delivery to date, and the capper on a third consecutive season atop the RSN standings for NHL ratings, according to network officials.