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Wild Viewership On FSN Increases In 2005-06

Tuesday, 05.23.2006 / 10:34 AM CT / News
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Wild Viewership On FSN Increases In 2005-06

Team enjoys 59 percent ratings increase from 2003-04

 The Wild’s ratings average increase in 2005-06 was teh second highest among all regional sports networks.
The Minnesota Wild averaged an impressive 1.73 rating (28,813 households) in 45 telecasts on FSN North during the 2005-06 season, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Wild’s final ratings average represented a 59 percent increase from its 1.09 average on FSN North in 2003-04.

The Wild’s ratings average increase was second highest among all regional sports networks, trailing only the Pittsburgh Penguins (+98 percent on FSN Pittsburgh). Minnesota saw an increase in ratings for every month of the season, including a 192 percent increase in March.

“The NHL returned in 2005-06 and so did the fans in even greater numbers in the State of Hockey,” said FSN North Vice President and General Manager Mike Dimond. “Next season should provide more excitement for Minnesota Wild fans on FSN North.”

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Wild posted a season-high 3.2 rating at Phoenix on October 8. The team also posted a 3.1 vs. San Jose on October 19 and a 2.9 vs. Phoenix on November 8.

Twelve telecasts from the 2005-06 season moved into the top-14 highest-rated Wild games all-time on FSN North. Only two 2003 playoff games (a 7.6 vs. Colorado and a 6.3 vs. Vancouver) posted higher ratings.

The Wild had the third highest NHL ratings average (1.73) among FSN regional sports networks, trailing only Detroit (4.1) and Pittsburgh (2.5) and had the fifth highest NHL ratings average among all regional sports networks, trailing Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (2.6), and Boston (2.1).

A television rating represents the percentage of television homes in the market tuned to a program. One rating point in the Twin Cities region equals 16,655 households.

 All Minnesota Wild telecasts feature play-by-play announcer Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay.

 FSN North reaches more than 3 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. The Emmy Award-winning regional sports network provides comprehensive coverage of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, MLB’s Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx as well as the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin athletic events.

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