Despite Being Shut Out By Time Warner Cable, MSG Network Ratings Rise

As we reported earlier this month, Time Warner Cable dropped MSG Network as of January 1st over a carriage fee dispute. MSG has encouraged affected customers to sign up with Verizon’s FiOS or DirecTV.

The regional sports network also started holding viewing parties for fans caught in the crossfire.

Now, MSG has enlightening numbers to share.

The Knicks are averaging a 2.11 Household rating on MSG through the first eight games of the season. That compares to a 1.16 HH for the first eight games last season–a jump of 82 percent. Of the eight games, six were not available to Time Warner Cable customers.

The ratings rise translates to the Rangers as well. Through 36 games, the Blueshirts registered a .86 Household rating, while for the same period last year –with the full complement of Time Warner Cable subscribers– had a .79 HH rating.  Three of this year’s games were blacked out to Time Warner Cable subscribers.