How NHL Teams Were Doing Locally at the Midway Point

This article from SportsBusinessJournal wasn’t available when I wanted it, but it is now.  So here are the NHL’s rankings in terms of US local TV ratings, and then in household totals.  Reminder, these are numbers through January 2nd.  I just thought you’d find it interesting now.  The Hurricanes and Predators were not available.

Ratings

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (FS Pittsburgh) – 8.08 (Up 32.7%)
2. Buffalo Sabres (MSG) – 6.17 (Down 28.8%)
3. Detroit Red Wings (FS Detroit) – 4.06 (Up 10.6%)
4. St. Louis Blues (FS Midwest) – 2.27 (Up 46.5%)
5. Philadelphia Flyers (CSN Philadelphia) – 2.16 (Down 0.9%)
6. Boston Bruins (NESN) – 2.14 (Down 2.3%)
7. Chicago Blackhawks (CSN Chicago) – 1.94 (Up 79.6%)
8. Columbus Blue Jackets (FS Ohio) – 1.86 (Up 27.4%)
9. Minnesota Wild (FS North) – 1.57 (Down 31.7%)
10. Colorado Avalanche (Altitude) – 1.52 (Down 7.9%)
11. Washington Capitals (CSN Mid-Atlantic) – 1.17 (Down 1.7%)
12. San Jose Sharks (CSN California) – 1.09 (Down 12.8%)
13. New York Rangers (MSG) – 0.96 (Down 8.6%)
14. Dallas Stars (FS Southwest) – 0.72 (Up 38.5%)
15. Tampa Bay Lightning (Sun Sports) – 0.61 (Up 22%)
16. Phoenix Coyotes (FS Arizona) – 0.56 (Up 19.1%)
17. New Jersey Devils (MSG Plus) – 0.55 (Up 57%)
18. Anaheim Ducks (Prime Ticket) – 0.39 (Up 39.3%)
19. New York Islanders (MSG Plus) – 0.38 (Up 123.5%)
20. Atlanta Thrashers (SportSouth) – 0.34 (Up 47.8%)
21. Los Angeles Kings (FS West) – 0.30 (Down 21.1%)
22. Florida Panthers (FS Florida) – 0.26 (Up 73.3%)

Total Households


1. Pittsburgh Penguins – 93,000
2. Detroit Red Wings – 77,000
3. New York Rangers – 72,000
4. Chicago Blackhawks – 68,000
5. Philadelphia Flyers – 64,000
6. Boston Bruins – 52,000
7. New Jersey Devils – 41,000
8. Buffalo Sabres – 39,000
9. St. Louis Blues – 28,000
10. New York Islanders – 28,000
11. Minnesota Wild – 27,000
12. Washington Capitals –
27,000
13. San Jose Sharks – 27,000
14. Colorado Avalanche – 23,000
15. Anaheim Ducks – 22,000
16. Dallas Stars – 18,000
17. Columbus Blue Jackets – 17,000
18. Los Angeles Kings – 17,000
19. Tampa Bay Lightning – 11,000
20. Phoenix Coyotes – 10,000
21. Atlanta Thrashers – 8,000
22. Florida Panthers – 4,000

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4 Responses to How NHL Teams Were Doing Locally at the Midway Point

  1. Josh says:

    The ones that stand out to me are the Sabres (down a quarter, but having such a good season? they had a good first half, did they not?) the Blues, and basically all of the clubs down at the bottom. I know that when you’re talking about such small numbers, any movement in the needle means a big percentage change, but how was LA down 21%, and how were the Isles more than doubling their audience?

  2. Mike in Idaho says:

    I bet those are a lot different now with the Sabres actually going to the playoffs and the Blues tanking.

  3. dyhrdmet says:

    I’m always glad to see when the Rangers numbers are down and the Devils (and wow, look at the Islanders) are up. But I still think the Devils and Islanders ratings percentages are skewed a bit because of the very uneven split in the New York TV market (Devils are 7th in viewers but 17th in ratings and Islanders are 10th and 19th respectively out of 22).

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