newjerseydevils.com – Hockey fans tuned-in in strong numbers for the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs on MSG Plus to watch the Devils battle through seven games with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils garnered their highest rated first-round playoff series in 12 years, finishing with a 1.36 HH RTG (101,100 households) average on MSG Plus. The Devils notched a double-digit increase over their first-round matchup last year.
Fans that watched Tuesday's Game 7 helped the Devils score their highest ratings of the first round. It garnered a 1.64 HH RTG (121,915 households), tying Game 3 to be the highest-rated Devils game since May 5, 2001 when the Devils took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
MSG and MSG Plus will continue to cover the 2009 NHL Playoffs through to the crowning of the Stanley Cup on the weekly comprehensive hockey show “Hockey Night Live presented by Blimpie,” which airs live every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m.
New Jersey Devils hockey on MSG Plus is produced by Roland Dratch and directed by Tom Meberg, with Bob Depoto serving as senior coordinating producer. Lydia Murphy-Stephans serves as executive vice president of programming and production for MSG Networks, and Jeff Filippi is vice president of production.