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NESN earns highest Bruins’ regular season rating in 14 years

Posted By Joe Haggerty On April 10, 2009 @ 4:05 pm In General | No Comments

Apparently the Bruins’ resurgance this season has carried over into the ratings books, and the folks at NESN have to be rooting for a Canadiens/Bruins first round after the early Nielsen reports from last night’s entertaining hockey game at the Garden.

NESN notched its highest National Hockey League [1] rating of the season and the best regular-season mark in 14 years with its coverage of the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens fight-filled extravaganza on Thursday night. The regional sports network scored a pretty soldi 4.7 rating in the Boston market on April 9, with the Bruins-Habs action, according to the web site www.multichannel.com [2].

The contest matched the rating for the Bruins-Washington Capitals contest aired by NESN on Feb. 11, 1995, and topped the 4.5 rating earned by Boston-Montreal during an after game in Montreal on Super Bowl [3] Sunday, Feb. 1.  The April 9 Habs/B’s was the highest-rated regular-season Bruins game on any network since Oct. 2, 1997, when WSBK-TV-38’s coverage of the Bruins’ season opener against the L.A. Kings also finished with a 4.7 household rating.

In a related development, the B’s final two games of the regular season were both scheduled to be aired on NESN, but because of aconflict with one of the Red Sox-Angels games, Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Islanders (5 p.m.) can be seen on NESNplus.

The B’s/Islanders tilt — sure to be a barnburner — will air on Comcast: Channel 81 (standard) and Channel 817 (high definition) on Sunday afternoon.

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