MSG, FSNY Skate To NHL Ratings Gains


National Hockey League games on Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New York have skated to a fast start during the 2007-08 season from a ratings perspective.

Through its first 11 New York Rangers telecasts, MSG averaged a 0.85 household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data, an 85% jump over the same number of contests last season. Network officials also noted that the Broadway Blueshirts have notched a better than 1.0 mark in four of their last five telecasts.

Moreover, the team has scored a 27% increase among adults 25 to 54 over the 11-game span.

The first 10 New Jersey Devils telecasts of the season have doubled to a 0.32 average on FSNY, while the initial six New York Islanders games soared 250% to a 0.21 average, according to network officials.