April 13, 2012 5 Comments
The Stanley Cup Playoffs adding games on different networks continues to be a boon for the networks of NBCUniversal.
Night two of the playoff tournament – featuring Washington/Boston, San Jose/St. Louis and Chicago/Phoenix – on NBCSN and CNBC averaged 541,000 viewers across two networks, up 20% compared to the similar night last year – featuring Montreal vs. Boston and Los Angeles vs. San Jose.
Dueling overtime thrillers between the Caps and Bruins as well as the Sharks and Blues did well. Washington/Boston scored 576,000 viewers, up 13% over Game 1 of the Bruins/Canadiens series last year (510,000). Meanwhile, the Sharks/Blues drew 320,000 viewers for a double-OT Sharks winner, down slightly from 336,000 viewers for Detroit/Nashville Wednesday night on CNBC.
The late game, featuring the Blackhawks and Coyotes, drew 499,000 viewers. That was up from Game 1 of the Kings/Sharks series last year (381,000).
Night Two of the Stanley Cup Playoff Viewership Figures
7:30 Washington vs. Boston (NBCSN) – 576,000
7:30 San Jose vs. St. Louis (CNBC) – 320,000
10:00 Chicago vs. Phoenix (NBCSN) – 499,000
(Source: NBC Sports)