TUESDAY’S KNICKS / THUNDER GAME ON MSG NETWORK DELIVERS 4.17 HH RATING – HIGHEST IN THREE YEARS
GAME ALSO TOP-RATED PROGRAM ON CABLE IN NEW YORK IN HOUSEHOLDS AND KEY ADULT 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC
New York, NY (January 27, 2016) – MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) announced today that Tuesday night’s Knicks game against the Oklahoma City Thunder delivered a 4.17 HH rating, peaking at 459,000 households, the highest-rated Knicks game on MSG in more than three years (Boston at Knicks on January 7, 2013). Knicks ratings on MSG Network continue to rise over the 2014-15 season, averaging a HH rating of 2.17, up 31% from the first 45 games of the 2014-15 season (1.66 HH rating). HH ratings are up 73% over last year’s final regular season average.
The Knicks/Thunder game last night was also the top rated cable program in New York amongst HH and the key adult 25-54 demo.
Last night’s Knicks game, an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, matched two-time Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Kristaps Porzingis against Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The thrilling game came down to the wire with the Knicks finally succumbing in overtime in front of a frenzied MSG crowd.
Knicks game telecasts on MSG Network are preceded by the 30-minute pregame show “Visa Knicks Game Night” and followed by the “Ford Knicks Postgame Show.” All game telecasts also include the “Delta Halftime Report.”
MSG Networks Inc. is an industry leader with two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, as well as the live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to nine professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Liberty; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; Major League Soccer’s Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, and exclusive non-game coverage of the New York Giants. Each year, the networks collectively telecast approximately 700 live sporting events – which also include college football and college basketball from top conferences – along with a full schedule of critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 129 New York Emmy Awards over the past eight years. More information is available at www.msgnetworks.com.
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