Recent sports TV ratings notes, including higher ratings for the Rangers on MSG Network, a record for the Thunder in Oklahoma City, and a four-year low for college football’s Poinsettia Bowl.
- Ratings Still Up For Rangers on MSG Network: So far this season, Rangers games have averaged a 0.85 rating on MSG Network in the New York market, up 16% from the comparable point last year (0.73). Monday’s Islanders/Rangers game drew a 1.6 rating, tied as the highest of the season. (MSG Network press release via Puck the Media)
- Thunder Christmas Opener Sets Local Ratings Record: Sunday’s Magic/Thunder NBA regular season game earned a combined 11.5 rating in the Oklahoma City market (8.3 on ESPN, 3.2 on Fox Sports Oklahoma), the highest regular season rating in franchise history. The next night, Thunder/Timberwolves earned a 7.1 on FS Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman via Sports Business Daily)
- Poinsettia Bowl Hits Four-Year Low: The TCU/Louisiana Tech Poinsettia Bowl earned 3.106 million viewers on ESPN Wednesday night, down 13% from last year (SDSU/NAVY: 3.568M) and down 17% from 2009 (UTAH/CAL: 3.736M). The game ranks as the least-viewed edition of the Poinsettia Bowl since 2007 (UTAH/NAVY: 2.352M). (The Voice of TV)