Debut a smash on FSN
Friday, October 07, 2005
By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins didn't live up to expectations on the ice in their
season opener Wednesday against New Jersey, but they were a
spectacular success in almost as important an area.
Television ratings for the game on FSN Pittsburgh were an absolute
smash. The overall rating number was 7.5, which comes close to
tripling the number of viewers watching the team when it last played
at the end of the 2003-04 season.
The Pirates averaged about a 4.5 rating for their recently completed
The rating numbers of the national game between the Philadelphia
Flyers and New York Rangers that was carried on OLN were miniscule
compared to those of the Penguins, but there were extenuating
In what was the debut telecast for OLN, which is the prime national
network for the NHL, the Rangers-Flyers game had a rating number of
0.4. The biggest factor was the national game was going up against 14
other games being shown in local markets. Additionally, OLN is not
available to many viewers. In the Pittsburgh region it is available
to customers of the largest cable provider, Comcast, but not on
Armstrong and only to the digital-plus Adelphia customers.
The 15 games scheduled for opening night played to 98 percent
capacity. The total attendance of 275,447 was a single-date record
for the NHL.