MSGN Nets Top Knicks' Ratings with Lin Return

Dec. 17 Telecast Scores 4.8 Mark in New York DMA

Jeremy Lin, if not "Linsanity," returned to New York on Monday night, and MSG Network reaped the ratings benefit, netting its best number of the 2012-13 NBA season.

The Dec. 17 telecast of the New York Knicks-Houston Rockets game garnered a 4.77 Nielsen household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen data, despite the home team taking it on the chin from their former mate.

Through 18 Nielsen-measured games on MSGN this season, the Knicks have averaged 3.41 household rating, up 85% over a 1.84 mark for the first 18 games of the 2011-12 season. (Due to Hurricane Sandy, Nielsen was unable to report ratings between Oct. 29  and Nov. 8, including Knicks games on Nov. 2, 4 and 5.)