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Knicks, MSG Network See Improved Playoff Numbers

MSG-Network1By JERRY BARMASH

As the Knicks tied the Pacers in the Eastern Conference semis, MSG Network released ratings for the first round series with Boston.

MSG Network, which carried Games 2, 3, 5, and 6, registered a 3.68 average household rating. That translates to a 40 percent jump compared to last year’s conference quarterfinal round between the Knicks and Heat.

MSG also saw a ratings increase in two key demographics, adults 25 to 54 and men 25 to 54. Through four game telecasts, MSG Network averaged a 2.40 A25-54 rating, up 105 percent compared to last season’s average and a 3.53 M25-54 rating, up 99 percent compared to last season’s average.

MSG does not carry playoff telecasts after the first round. However, the network provides extensive post-game coverage. Game 3 shifts to Indiana Saturday night on ABC.

Playoff-Bound NHL Teams Coming Off Improved Season on MSG Network

MSG-Network1By JERRY BARMASH

It’s onto the NHL’s post-season. But not before we explore the regular season ratings on MSG.

It was a lockout-shortened season and rabid fans were anxious for the puck to finally be dropped.

Rangers, who begin the march to Lord Stanley cup tomorrow night against Washington, saw a 67 percent increase in the household numbers from last season. Delving deeper, the 2013 average household rating was the second-highest regular season Rangers’ audience tally on MSG.

The Islanders, who open their playoffs tonight against the Penguins, had huge numbers on MSG Plus.

The telecasts household rating was up a staggering 133 percent compared to the 2011-12 regular season average, making 2013 the highest-rated Islanders season ever on MSG Plus.

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Latest on Boston Bombing Lifts 60 Minutes to Number One in Prime Time Ratings

WCBS-blue-and-grey-new-logoBy JERRY BARMASH

60 Minutes is always hovering around the top of the weekly prime time ratings in New York. But Sunday, the venerable newsmagazine had a number-one showing with details on the Boston Marathon bombings.

The show had an estimated 1.1 million WCBS viewers and a 5.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

ABC News special coverage from Boston scored a Top 10 finish (712,000/3.6).

There was no clear winner among American Idol and Dancing With The Stars. The Fox and ABC programs tied for second place with 1 million viewers and a 5.1 rating.

Even more unique, Idol and Dancing, were locked in fourth position, and were joined by NBC’s The Voice. The broadcasts averaged just under 1 million viewers and a 4.9 rating.

The Voice also took seventh place by itself (856,000/4.4).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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