(SUNRISE, FL) Fox Sports Net Florida today announced that the network's coverage of
the game between the Florida Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, September 17 generated an average Nielsen household rating of 6.9, peaking at 9.6 for the 9:45-10:00 PM quarter hour, in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale DMA. The highest recorded rating on Fox Sports Net Florida was an 8.1, set back on August 11, 1997 when the Marlins played the Braves in Atlanta.
"There's no mistaking South Florida's passionate interest in the Marlins' run for the National League wild-card play off spot," said Jeff Genthner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fox Sports Net Florida. "Sports fans realize every remaining game counts and they're tuning-in in record numbers."
One rating point represents approximately 15,500 television households in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale DMA, which consists of Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. All Marlins home games televised on Fox Sports Net are simulcast in Spanish, accessible by using the SAP feature available on most television sets.
Fox Sports Net Florida reaches more than 4.9 million households in Florida. Fox Sports Net Florida's programming includes Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, the University of Miami, and the University of South Florida, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, NASCAR and 54321. Fox Sports Net Florida is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.
Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 79 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership in Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.