BUFFALO SABRES RATINGS ON MSG CONTINUE TO INCREASE
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Television ratings for the Buffalo Sabres on MSG this season continue to increase, as they averaged a season-high 18.9 Neilsen rating for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals series last night in Philadelphia.
The game averaged an 18.9 rating and 28 share locally, surpassing this season’s previous high of 13.0/22 set last Friday against Philadelphia. Each Nielsen ratings point is equal to 6,363 homes in Buffalo, meaning that 120,261 homes in the area tuned into the game. Last night’s game actually peaked at 22.8/32 (145,000 homes) between 9:45-10 p.m.
“These huge television ratings are but another example of the strength and depth of the Buffalo fan base, and how all of Western New York seems to be connecting with this team,” said Sabres President Ted Black.
As a comparison, the top three rated network shows in Buffalo last night were: American Idol (11.8/17), CSI (7.8/11) and The Office (4.9/7). In Philadelphia, the game averaged 6.4 with a 10 share.
This was the second-highest rated Sabres playoff game on MSG since 2005-06, coming in just behind the 19.7 set against Boston on April 26, 2010.
Buffalo’s regular season TV ratings on MSG this season increased 35.3% after February 22, averaging an 8.8 rating. They posted 14 games of 8.0 or higher during this time, and four of the last six games were 10.0 or higher.