NBC Ends the Season on a Positive Note with Hawks-Wings

According to an NBC Sports spokesman, The NHL On NBC’s season finale broadcast – the first in the five seasons NBC’s final day telecast has meant something – drew a 1.1 overnight rating. This is up 19% from the comparable broadcast last season (Boston/Washington: 0.9). It is up from the NBC telecast from last week as well (NY Rangers/Philadelphia: 1.0) and the highest NBC rating since Hockey Day in America on February 20th. Interestingly, the three highest non-Winter Classic NBC telecasts have been from Chicago this season, with each Blackhawks home game (PHI/CHI, 1/24; PIT/CHI, 2/20) drawing a 1.1 overnight.

The game drew very well in both local markets. In must-win Chicago, the game drew a 6.0/17. Things were similar in Detroit, where the game scored a 6.1/15. Other than the Winter Classic, I can’t recall a higher rated NHL regular season game in Chicago, but I’ve asked NBC about that and will update when I get an answer.

At the end of the regular season, The NHL On NBC has averaged a 1.1 overnight rating through 11 telecasts, down 9% from last year, when the 10 NBC telecasts drew a 1.2 overnight average.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh:
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington:
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit:
February 20 – Regional Coverage*:
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*:
March 6 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 0.9
March 13 – Chicago vs. Washington: 0.9
March 20 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 0.7
April 3 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
April 10 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 1.1
Season-to-Date Average: 1.1

NHL on NBC Overnights for 2009-10 Season

Jan. 1, Philadelphia vs. Boston*: 2.6
Jan. 17, Chicago vs. Detroit:
Jan. 24, Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia:
Jan. 31, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh:
Feb. 7, Pittsburgh vs. Washington:
Mar. 7, Detroit vs. Chicago:
Mar. 14, Washington vs. Chicago:
Mar. 21, NY Rangers vs. Boston: 0.7
Apr. 4, Detroit vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
Apr. 11, Boston vs. Washington: 0.9
Season-to-Date-Average: 1.2


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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

3 Responses to NBC Ends the Season on a Positive Note with Hawks-Wings

  1. Mike in Idaho says:

    It was a great game, too bad it didn’t do even better.

  2. Kevin Schloemp says:

    This once again means that the “NBC 7″ doesn’t draw worth crap and NBC needs to try to infuse new teams.

    • leafsfan1967 says:

      …It might also help if they didn’t start the games at 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Who watches hockey then?

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