Game 7 of the National Hockey League’s first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche was the highest-rated telecast ever in FOX Sports North history. The Wild’s midweek matchup against the Avalanche generated a 16.4 household rating in the Minneapolis-St. Paul DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. The previous record, a 15.3 rating, was logged in August of 2010 by the Minnesota Twins, in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, 17,280 households represent one rating point. That means over 283,390 households tuned in for the playoff series finale. The game received a 32 share, signifying 32 percent of the viewing audience in the Twins Cities watched the game. During overtime, the telecast reached its peak viewing audience with a 18.3 rating and 49 share, indicating that nearly half of Twin Cities households were tuned in.
The Wild on FOX Sports North made FOX Sports North history, earning record-setting television ratings throughout the first round of the playoffs:
Game 1: 8.1
Game 2: 7.7
Game 3: 9.6
Game 4: 12.7 (highest-rated Wild telecast in history)
Game 5: 11.2
Game 6: 13.9 (highest-rated Wild telecast in history)
Game 7: 16.4 (highest-rated telecast in FOX Sports North history)
FOX Sports North will not broadcast round two of the Stanley Cup playoff series versus the Chicago Blackhawks, but will televise extended Wild Live pre and postgame coverage before and after the games.