Despite facing competition from the Devils, the Rangers hit an eighteen-year high in local television ratings for Thursday’s Game 7 win over the Senators.
Game 7 of the Rangers/Senators Stanley Cup playoff series drew a 5.74 rating on MSG Network in the New York market Thursday night, the highest rating for a Rangers game on the network since the Rangers’ championship clinching Game 7 win over the Canucks in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (16.18).
The eighteen-year high came two nights after Game 6 of the series drew a 4.27 rating, at the time the highest since 1997.
Keep in mind that portions of Thursday’s game aired opposite Game 7 of the Devils/Panthers series on MSG Plus. The Devils game scored a 1.7 rating, the highest for the team on MSG since Devils/Maple Leafs Game 6 in 2001 (2.39).
Returning to the Rangers, the complete Rangers/Senators series averaged a 3.84 rating on MSG Network (seven telecasts), up 34% from last year’s Capitals/Rangers first round series (2.87; four telecasts).
(Thursday’s numbers from themadisonsquaregardencompany.com)