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Game 7 Sets New NHL Ratings Record

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Wednesday night’s telecast of the 2009 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal Game Seven between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins registered a 24.97 average rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The telecast, viewed by more than 287,000 households in the Pittsburgh DMA, surpassed two of the previous three games in the series to become the most-watched NHL game ever on FSN Pittsburgh and the highest-rated NHL game for any FSN regional sports network.  The game peaked at a 31.4 rating (361,000 households) from 9:15PM-9:30PM ET.

FSN Pittsburgh carried Games 4-7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Penguins and the Capitals.  Each of the four games landed in the Top Five All-Time Ratings for the regional sports network.  The series averaged a 22.4 rating in the Pittsburgh DMA.

The game was the most-watched program in the Pittsburgh market on Wednesday night, beating out CBS’s Criminal Minds (12.7HH), CBS’s CSI: NY (12.3HH), FOX’s American Idol (11.01HH) and ABC’s Lost, season finale (7.4HH).
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