The New York Rangers clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, a feat that gave regional network MSG its second-highest-rated game of the 2008-09 season.
The April 9 contest, in which the Rangers topped the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1, averaged a 1.65 household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
The game, which peaked with a 2.54 rating during the 9:30 p.m. quarter hour, only trailed the Blueshirts' Nov. 8, 2008 battle with the Washington Capitals, which averaged a 1.80 rating.
Viewership for the Rangers-Flyers game also scored among key demos, delivering a 1.66 rating against men 25 to 54 and a 0.92 mark with adults 25-54. In addition, Thursday's post-game show grabbed the highest rating of the season, with a 0.88 average.
The Rangers meet the Flyers again this Sunday April 12 for their final contest of the regular-season, with pre-game coverage set to begin at 4:30 p.m. on MSG Plus.