Within the controversy between Jim Balsillie, Ice Edge Holdings, and the constant threat of the Coyotes moving, the team itself is gaining momentum with its fan base. The Coyotes are announcing their largest TV rating in five years. From the press release:
The April 3 telecast recorded a 1.34 rating/3 share, the best figure for the team on its television partner since a 1.68 rating/3 share against Minnesota on Jan, 9, 2004. That game featured Brian Boucher setting an NHL record with his fifth consecutive shutout.
The 1.34 rating on Saturday means that approximately 24,154 households in the Phoenix market were tuned into the sold-out game at Jobing.com Arena that was played in front of 17,143 fans. The game had a 1.86 peak rating (33,528 homes).
While it may seem like a small share, the team is starting to win back some of their fans with their stellar play. The question is whether or not they will stay interested.