I just got sent this press release by Fox Sports Southwest. Cool to read. Definitely cool!
RECORD RATING FOR FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST
The Texas Rangers’ season-opening three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox was a television ratings hit on FOX Sports Southwest. The regional cable sports network recorded its best-ever rating for an Opening Day telecast and had it topped two days later, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The Rangers’ 9-5 victory opening the 2011 season on Friday, April 1 averaged a 5.5 Nielsen household rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, a 161% increase over last year’s 2.1 Opening Day rating against the Toronto Blue Jays. It surpassed FOX Sports Southwest’s previous high for a first-game Rangers telecast of 3.9 set on April 6, 1999 against the Detroit Tigers and was the best Opening Day rating for a Rangers broadcast in 12 years since KXAS-TV recorded a 6.5 on April 5, 1999 versus Detroit.
The Opening Day rating was bested on Sunday, April 3 with a 5.7 household average. Saturday’s (April 2) game on FOX Sports Southwest averaged a 4.4 household rating.
An average of 141,700 households in Dallas-Fort Worth tuned in on Friday to watch the Rangers begin their defense of the American League championship, while an average of 115,200 homes watched Saturday’s game, and 147,900 homes tuned in to watch the Rangers complete the sweep on Sunday.