Sabres Tops in NHL Local Ratings, Bruins Tops in Viewership
January 23, 2012 Leave a comment
From the awesome John Ourand, who has his bi-annual NHL local ratings report:
The Buffalo Sabres have the NHL’s highest local TV ratings so far this season, but the team’s perch atop the local ratings list is precarious given MSG Network’s three-week-long carriage battle with Time Warner Cable.
On Jan. 1, MSG Network and MSG Plus went dark in more than 2 million Time Warner Cable homes in the New York City and Buffalo markets. The two sides are negotiating a new deal but don’t appear close.
Two weeks into the new year, the dispute hasn’t affected local TV ratings substantially, but with fewer homes accessing the networks, the potential for a greater effect does exist.
“You have seen a slight drop-off in ratings,” as a result of the Time Warner Cable dispute, said MSG Media President Mike Bair. “But the ratings in Buffalo were so high to begin with.”