NBC Draws 2.0 For Hawks Clincher; Flyers Game 4 Win Solid As Well
May 24, 2010 9 Comments
The NHL slayed much of the competition this weekend.
NBC Sports told Puck the Media that the Blackhawks Game 4 win over the San Jose Sharks drew a 2.0 overnight rating for the network’s Sunday broadcast. The telecast was up 33% from the comparable game last season (DET/CHI Game 4, 1.5). It is the highest-rated hockey game – aside from the Winter Classic – on American Television this season, and the best number an indoor NHL game has drawn since Game 1 of last year’s Conference Final (CHI/DET), which also drew a 2.0. The game averaged a whopping 14.1/32 in Chicago, meaning nearly 1 in 3 TV sets that were on in Chi-town had the Hawks on. The game is also up from last Sunday’s 1.7 rating for Game 1. The game totaled a less impressive 4.4 in the Bay Area.
While certainly a lower number, NBC’s 1.6 rating for Saturday’s Philadelphia/Montreal telecast is nothing to look down upon, considering it featured a Canadian team, and Canadian audiences do not factor into American ratings. It equals the 1.6 the previous Montreal telecast scored on the network against Pittsburgh in Round 2. There was no comparable game last year. The game drew a 12.0/27 in Philly for the Flyer win.
Most importantly, the NHL can consider itself a big winner on broadcast television this weekend. According to Sports Business Daily (reg. rquired), aside from FOX’s Saturday night MLB telecast (3.6), the NHL had the highest ratings of anything else on a somewhat light sports Saturday, beating out (or tying) events like PGA Tournament events (1.1 and 1.6), poker (1.1), gymnastics (0.8), and – particularly satisfying – the UEFA Champions League Final (1.1), which FOX Sports head-man David Hill had been crowing would draw big numbers. Overall, the NHL is a big winner on TV, and… when else can you say that?