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SABRES/RANGERS BECOMES HIGHEST RATED MSG BROADCAST IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 3:03 PM / News
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SABRES\/RANGERS BECOMES HIGHEST RATED MSG BROADCAST IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS
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Buffalo’s dramatic 1-0 win over the New York Rangers last night continued the team’s push for a playoff position, and was also the most-watched Sabres game in more than two years on MSG. The game averaged a 10.3 rating and 15 share locally, surpassing this season’s previous high of 9.1/15 set last Saturday against New Jersey. Last night’s game actually peaked at 13.7/19 between 9:15-9:30 p.m.

This was the highest rated Sabres game on MSG since December 20, 2008 in Montreal. Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the top rated game on MSG was 13.5 on December 22, 2007 in Philadelphia.

“In the five weeks since Terry bought the franchise, the fan support has been astounding,” said Sabres President Ted Black. “All of the games have been sold out, the ratings are through the roof and Sabres Nation has shared more than 10,000 ideas on ways we can improve the fan experience. Western New York is demonstrating to the entire league that Buffalo is indeed ‘Hockey Heaven.’”

The 15 share refers to the percentage of households in the local Buffalo market that watched the game, and that translated to approximately 65,000. That share spiked to almost 20 (87,000) towards the end of the game. The only other show locally that matched the viewership of the Sabres/Rangers game was American Idol, with a 14.1 rating and 20 share.

Buffalo’s TV ratings on MSG this season have increased 27.7% since February 22, averaging an 8.3 rating. Last night’s game was the ninth with a rating of 8.0 or higher during this time.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82