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Monday's Pens/Caps Game Registers Highest-Rated NHL Game Ever on Any FSN Regional Sports Network

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Monday night’s telecast of the 2009 NHL Round Two Game Six between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins registered a 24.2 average rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The telecast, viewed by more than 277,800 households in the Pittsburgh DMA, was the most-watched NHL game ever on FSN Pittsburgh and the highest-rated NHL game for any FSN regional sports network.

The game was the most-watched program in the Pittsburgh market on Monday night, beating out such programs as ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (11.3HH) and CBS’s CSI: Miami (10.7HH).

On Sat., May 9, 2009 when the Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3 in overtime for Round Two Game Five, the telecast recorded a 21.4 average rating, now second highest all-time for games on FSN Pittsburgh.  The Pens 5-3 win over the Caps on Fri., May 8 recorded a 19.3, now the fourth highest rated game.

FSN will televise Game 7 on Wed., May 13 with pre-game beginning at 6:30PM.  In September, FSN will pick-up an additional Pittsburgh Pirates game to make-up for this week’s displaced Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals telecast.

“Game 7 marks the final FSN Penguins telecast of the year.  It was a record season in which we saw our highest regular season ratings of all time and the Penguins vs. Capitals series will go down in history as one of the most watched NHL series ever telecast by a regional sports network” said Ted Black, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Pittsburgh.  “On behalf of everyone who works so hard to bring these games to the fans, I want to thank our viewers and wish the Penguins luck.”
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