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For Immediate Release                                                              Mon., March 25, 2013


Broadcast Garners Network’s Highest Penguins Regular-Season Rating,
Topping Mario Lemieux’s Return on December 27, 2000

ROOT SPORTS™, the exclusive rights holder of Pittsburgh Penguins regional telecasts, announced today that the network earned a record-breaking 16.50 average household rating during the Penguins game against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, March 24. Over 515,000 fans tuned into the Pens’ 2-1 overtime thriller and 12th straight consecutive win, making it the highest rated regular season game in the network’s history, surpassing Mario Lemieux’s return game on December 27, 2000 which previously held the record with a 15.90 average household rating.
“This season’s Penguins ratings are a direct reflection of the passionate and loyal fans we have here in Pittsburgh,” said Shawn McClintock, Senior VP and General Manager of ROOT SPORTS. “Their energy, enthusiasm and unwavering dedication for their team is unlike any other fan base and that is evident through our ratings, the sold-out crowds at CONSOL Energy Center and the undeniable presence they have when the Pens are on the road. They truly are the best fans in all of hockey.”
Sunday evening’s broadcast was the highest rated program on any channel in Pittsburgh over the last 10 days and is just one of 14 games this season alone that make up the top 20 highest rated regular season Penguins games in the network’s history.
All ratings noted are according to Nielsen Media Research in the Pittsburgh DMA.

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ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins. The network reaches almost 3.0 million households across five states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.  ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach nearly 8.9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.