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02-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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During the month of January, Sabres telecasts on MSG posted a rating average of 10.9, the highest-ever mark for the team’s game broadcasts during the month and the second-highest monthly rating since the 2005-06 season. The previous high-water mark for January telecasts was an 8.5 rating set during January 2008. The team’s highest average monthly rating for MSG telecasts was an 11.2 rating set in March 2008.

In addition to the month-long ratings numbers, two Sabres game telecasts on MSG – the Jan. 27 game vs. Washington and the Jan. 25 game vs. Carolina – ranked among the top 20 highest-rated Sabres telecasts on MSG. The Jan. 27 game earned an 11.3 rating (21 share, approximately 71,000 viewers), while the Jan. 25 matchup recorded an 11.2 rating (17 share, approximately 71,000 viewers).

The team’s season-opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 20 drew the highest-ever rating in the Buffalo market for a nationally televised, regular-season Sabres game, excluding the 2008 Winter Classic. The game telecast, broadcast on NBC, posted a 20.1 rating and a 34 share, topping the team’s previous record – a 13.0 rating and 22 share – set by a Sabres-Flyers game broadcast on MSG on April 8, 2011.

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