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ROOT SPORTS' Ratings for Pittsburgh Penguins Broadcasts Lead Nation Ahead of All U.S.-Based NHL and NBA Teams

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

ROOT SPORTS™, the exclusive rights holder of Pittsburgh Penguins regional telecasts, announced today that the network posted an 8.03 average House Hold rating for the 2011-2012 Penguins regular season. This marks the first season that ROOT SPORTS™ has posted the highest local ratings of any U.S.-based NHL and NBA teams. In addition, this is the 3rd consecutive season that ROOT SPORTS™ Penguins Broadcasts has posted the highest local ratings of any U.S.-based NHL team.

Below are notable dates and ratings from the ‘11-‘12 season.

  • Two games in the ‘11-‘12 regular season brought in the 2nd and 3rd highest rated regular season telecasts in the network’s history, coming behind Mario Lemieux’s return on December 27, 2000, which earned a 15.90 average House Hold (HH) rating:
  • Sidney Crosby’s first return on November 21, 2011 earned a 15.36 average HH rating, now the 2nd highest rated regular season telecast in the network’s history.
  • Sidney Crosby’s second return on March 15, 2012 earned a 13.62 average HH rating, now the 3rd highest rated regular season telecast in the network’s history.
  • Two other games also made the top ten highest rated regular season telecasts:
  • The April 3rd game against the Boston Bruins brought in a 12.08 average HH rating, making it the 6th highest rated regular season telecast in the network’s history.
  • The December 1st game against the Washington Capitals brought in an 11.58 average HH rating, making it the 10th highest rated regular season telecast in the network’s history.
  • ROOT SPORTS ratings from the second half of this season were 21% higher than last year’s second half and first round playoff ratings were 22% higher than last year’s first round.
  • The Penguins’ Game 5 in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers made the top 10 highest rated playoff telecast in the network’s history with an impressive 20.69 average HH rating.

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