Non-Playoff Markets Show Improvement For NHL Playoffs

NEW YORK – May 6, 2010 — The NHL is coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals in the U.S. in 10 years with both VERSUS and NBC showing increases overall for the playoffs. That success has been mirrored on the NHL’s digital platforms with unique visitors to NHL.com up 33 percent over last year and video starts up 146 percent.

The increased demand for NHL content has led to growth in fan engagement across all platforms, highlighted by especially impressive growth among non-NHL U.S. markets and U.S. markets of teams not qualifying for the postseason.

Below is a summary of the U.S. markets experiencing the biggest increases for the first round on VERSUS, NBC and VERSUS/NBC combined (metered market ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research):

NHL QUARTERFINALS ON VERSUS

Birmingham – up 200%

Norfolk – up 200%

Chicago – up 133%

Louisville – up 100%

San Antonio – up 100%

Knoxville – up 100%

Cleveland – up 100%

Dayton – up 100%

San Diego – up 100%

Richmond – up 100%

Raleigh – up 100%

Kansas City – up 100%

Greenville – up 100%

Notes:

17 of 21 U.S. team markets were up compared to last year.

21 of 35 non-NHL U.S. team markets were up compared to last year.

49 out of the 56 total metered markets were even or up from last year

6 out of the 8 U.S. team markets that did not make the playoffs this year were even or up from last year.

NHL CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS ON NBC

Detroit – up 500%

Knoxville – up 300%

Chicago – up 288%

Nashville – up 267%

Buffalo – up 257%

Phoenix – up 189%

Boston – up 100%

Indianapolis – up 100%

Milwaukee – up 100%

Providence – up 80%

Notes:

12 out of 21 U.S. team markets were up compared to last year.

37 out of the 56 total markets were even or up from last year.

5 out of 8 U.S. team markets that did not make the playoffs this year were up from last year.

NHL QUARTERFINALS COMBINED ON NBC/VS

Knoxville – up 200%

Chicago – up 150%

Detroit – up 143%

Louisville – up 100%

San Antonio – up 100%

Phoenix – up 100%

San Diego – up 100%

Dayton – up 100%

Birmingham – up 100%

Sacramento – up 100%

Albuquerque – up 100%

Notes:

14 out of 21 U.S. team markets were even or up compared to last year.

19 out of the 35 non-NHL U.S. team markets were up compared to last year.

43 out of the 56 total markets were even or up from last year.

6 out of 8 U.S. team markets that did not make the playoffs this year were up or even with last year.

Below is a summary of year-to-year growth on NHL.com from non-NHL markets and from markets of NHL teams not qualifying for the playoffs:

GAINS FOR NON-NHL U.S. MARKETS ON NHL.COM (Unique visitors, year over year for playoffs)

Kansas City – up 153%

Austin – up 76%

Sacramento – up 60%

Milwaukee – up 59%

Portland (Ore.) – up 51%

Salt Lake City – up 47%

Portland/Auburn (Maine) – up 44%

Baltimore – up 43%

Cleveland – up 43%

Seattle/Tacoma – up 43%

Cincinnati – up 39%

San Diego – up 38%

Orlando – up 31%

Las Vegas – up 26%

Indianapolis – up 24%

GAINS FOR U.S. NHL MARKETS ON NHL.COM FOR NON-PLAYOFF TEAMS (Unique visitors, year over year)

Dallas/Ft. Worth – up 61%

Miami/Ft. Lauderdale – up 32%

Tampa/St. Petersburg – up 31%

Atlanta – up 21%

Minneapolis/ St. Paul – up 13%

New York – up 6%

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About stevelepore
Steve Lepore is the Managing Editor of Puck the Media. His work has been featured in The Hockey News. Feel free to contact him at stevemlepore@gmail.com

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