Caps/Hawks Top Week For NBCSN, Crosby Return Down From Last Time

In a week featuring the return (again) of Sidney Crosby, it was Alexander Ovechkin and Patrick Kane driving NHL numbers on NBC Sports Network.

Sunday’s Capitals/Blackhawks game topped the ratings for NBCSN, drawing 411,000 viewers. It built big-time on it’s lead-in, a Philadelphia-Colorado MLS telecast that drew 124,000 viewers. It was also up from last week’s Sunday night game, Kings/Blackhawks, which drew 397,000 viewers. The next closest telecast was Wednesday’s Colorado/Buffalo game, which drew 366,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, without local markets assisting, Sidney Crosby remains unable to move the needle much for the network. His return on Thursday against the Rangers drew 195,000 viewers. That was down 3,000 from his previous return on November against the Islanders, which drew 198,000. Just for comparison’s sake, a Carolina/NY Rangers game that aired on Tuesday and was blacked out in New York fared much better, scoring 292,000 viewers.

(Source: John Ourand

October 6
7:00 
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
10:00 
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
7:00 
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
7:30 
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
7:30 
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

October 17
7:30 
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
7:00 
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
7:30 
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 7
7:30 NY Islanders vs. Boston – 195,000

November 8
7:30 Carolina vs. New Jersey – 241,000

November 9
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay – 411,000

November 14
7:00 
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
7:30 
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 16
7:30 New Jersey vs. Buffalo – 285,000

November 21
7:30 
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
7:30 
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

November 28
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota – 232,000

November 29
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 394,000

November 30
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – 393,000

December 5
8:00 
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

December 6
7:30 
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

December 7
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
7:30 
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
9:00 
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
7:30 
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

December 19
7:30 Anaheim vs. Dallas – 149,000

December 20
7:30 Chicago vs. Pittsburgh – 634,000

December 21
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Dallas – 462,000

December 26
7:30 Dallas vs. St. Louis – 270,000

December 27
7:30 St. Louis vs. Detroit – 195,000

December 28
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Washington – 327,000

January 2
8:00 
San Jose vs. Vancouver – 267,000

January 3
8:00 
Detroit vs. Dallas – 188,000

January 4
7:30 
Boston vs. New Jersey – 435,000

January 8
7:30 
Detroit vs. Chicago – 587,000 

January 10
7:30 
San Jose vs. Minnesota – 237,000 

January 11
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Washington – 526,000

January 15
7:30 
NY Rangers vs. Montreal – 202,000

January 16
7:30 
Dallas vs. St. Louis – 238,000

January 17
7:30 
Nashville vs. NY Rangers – 224,000

January 18
7:30 Buffalo vs. Chicago – 466,000 

January 23
7:30 
St. Louis vs. Detroit – 429,000 

January 24
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado – 190,000

January 25
7:30 Detroit vs. Montreal – 241,000

January 28
7:00 Super-Skills Competition – 1.1 million

January 29
4:00 All-Star Game – 1.3 million

January 31
7:30 Washington vs. Tampa Bay – 264,000

February 1
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Buffalo – 478,000

February 5
12:30 Boston vs. Washington – 455,000

February 6
8:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix – 263,000

February 7
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay – 155,000

February 8
7:30 Boston vs. Buffalo – 455,000

February 12
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Detroit – 600,000

February 13
7:30 San Jose vs. Washington – 351,000

February 14
7:30 Anaheim vs. Minnesota – 173,000

February 15
7:30 Boston vs. Montreal – 417,000 

February 19
6:00 New Jersey vs. Montreal – 203,000

February 20
7:30 Washington vs. Carolina – 171,000

February 21
8:00 Detroit vs. Chicago – 228,000 

February 22
9:00 Los Angeles vs. Colorado – 166,000 

February 26
7:00 Chicago vs. Anaheim – 370,000 

February 27
7:30 New Jersey vs. NY Rangers – 287,000

February 28
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Minnesota – 156,000 

February 29
7:30 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas – 456,000 

March 6
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado – 167,000 

March 11
8:00 Los Angeles vs. Chicago – 397,000

March 12
9:00 Anaheim vs. Colorado – 180,000

March 13
7:30 Carolina vs. NY Rangers – 292,000

March 14
7:30 Colorado vs. Buffalo – 366,000

March 15
7:00 Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 195,000

March 18
7:00 Washington vs. Chicago – 411,000 

10 Most-watched Games on NBCSN This Season
1. Boston vs. Philadelphia (10/6/11) – 874,000
2. Chicago vs. Pittsburgh (12/20/11) – 634,000
3. Philadelphia vs. Detroit (2/12/12) – 600,000
4. Detroit vs. Chicago (1/8/12) – 587,000
5. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (12/7/11) – 585,000
6. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (11/2/11) – 558,000
7. Chicago vs. Minnesota (12/14/11) – 540,000
8. Pittsburgh vs. Washington (1/11/12) – 526,000
9. NY Rangers vs. Buffalo (2/1/12) – 478,000
10. Buffalo vs. Chicago (1/18/12) – 466,000 

10 Least-watched Games on NBCSN this Season
1. NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles (10/7/11)* – 101,000
2. NY Rangers vs. Anaheim (10/8/11)* – 124,000
3. Anaheim vs. Dallas (12/19/11) – 149,000 
4. Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay (2/7/12) – 155,000
5. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota (2/28/12) – 156,000 
6. Tampa Bay vs. Washington* (10/10/11) – 162,000
7. Los Angeles vs. Colorado (2/22/12) – 166,000
8. Minnesota vs. Colorado (3/6/12) – 167,000 
9. San Jose vs. NY Rangers* (10/31/11) – 
169,000
10. Washington vs. Carolina* (2/20/12) – 171,000

*-was blacked out in one or both of the home markets.

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5 Responses to Caps/Hawks Top Week For NBCSN, Crosby Return Down From Last Time

  1. kevin says:

    Doesn’t anyone get it? No one cares about Cindy Crosby! Malkin is the better player anyway! Honestly, I would rather watch Malkin, Ovechkin, Kane, Datsuk…..before Crosby

  2. Kevin says:

    Does anyone actually believe that more people outside of Pitt and NY, watched the Canes/Rangers game over the Pens/Rangers game? Let’s be honest. What a fucking joke. Maybe someday we’ll get some accurate numbers..

  3. Jason says:

    Mls drew numbers compared to Pitt and Crosbys return. Can’t be good for NHL .

    • Colton says:

      those mls numbers are including local markets. If Pitt/NYR had local markets watching it could be close to 700k.

  4. raja randolph says:

    Steve:

    When you list the dates it would be helpful if you could add day of the week. Knowing which days were Sundays is meaningful.

    Also the possessive pronoun – its – has no apostrophe as in “baseball is a game that has always exceeded its limitations.

    On the other hand, it’s is a contraction of “it is” as in: it’s going to rain.

    Keep up the good work.

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