NBC Scores Best Game 1 Rating in 11 Years

NBC drew a 2.8 overnight rating for their broadcast of Game #1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, marking the best rating for a Game 1 since 1999 (A 3.7 for Sabres-Stars on FOX). The game was on cable from 2000-2008.  The game was up 12% from 2009′s Game #1 (a 2.5 for PIT/DET, 5/30/09) and drew a 1.7 rating among Adults 18-49, scoring a win amongst all broadcast networks for NBC on Saturday night.  It was the highest Game #1 rating for a Saturday night telecast since 1997 (DET-PHI drew a 5.1).

The game drew a whopping 16.8/35 in Chicago, while scoring a 13.2/25 in Philadelphia.  The rating is also a success because Game #1 last year did not take place on Memorial Day weekend, which is notorious for producing lower viewer levels.  Overall, it appears my prediction of ratings dipping for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was incorrect.  If the Flyers keep it close, there could be some even better numbers for the series.

(Source: @NBCSports)


NEW YORK – May 30, 2010—Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).

The game—broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend—also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).

Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.

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3 Responses to NBC Scores Best Game 1 Rating in 11 Years

  1. Colton says:

    2.8 overnight rating is about how many viewers?

  2. Patrick says:

    around 4.5 million viewers

  3. Sean says:

    Im stunned. I thought the Memorial Day weekend and sports competition from the Lakers would hurt the numbers. I was very wrong. It’ll be interesting to see if they can pick up momentum from a very entertaining Game 1 without any competition Monday night.

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