TSN Also Up Big with Playoff Coverage

Toronto, ON (April 16, 2012) – The 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS are delivering strong audiences for TSN according to preliminary data from BBM Canada. Through the opening eight games, STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS audiences on TSN are averaging nearly one million viewers (991,000) – up 56% compared to the same time period last season.

Overall, 9.68 million Canadians have tuned in to watch some or all of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS on TSN.

The Penguins-Flyers series has been the most-watched series on TSN, recording average audiences of more than 1.4 million viewers for the series to date.

Last night’s Game 3: Florida-New Jersey attracted an audience of 1.14 million viewers on TSN.

NHL playoff action continues on TSN with complete coverage of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, St. Louis-San Jose, Florida-New Jersey and Phoenix-Chicago series.

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Boston vs. Washington, Game 3, 7:30 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBCSN
Play by Play: Rick Peckham
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Canada National TV: CHEX/CBCSports.ca
Play by Play: Dean Brown
Color: Greg Millen
Reporter: Andi Petrillo

Boston Local: NESN
Play by Play: Jack Edwards
Color: Andy Brickley
Reporter: Naoko Funayama

Washington Local: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Play by Play: Joe Beninati
Color: Craig Laughlin
Reporter: Al Koken

NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 3, 7:30 p.m. ET

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

US National TV: CNBC
Play by Play: John Forslund
Inside the Glass: Brian Hayward

NY Rangers Local: MSG
Play by Play: Sam Rosen
Color: Joe Micheletti
Reporter: John Giannone

St. Louis vs. San Jose, Game 3, 10:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBCSN

Canada National TV: TSN
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Mike Johnson

St. Louis Local: FS Midwest
Play by Play: John Kelly
Color: Darren Pang

San Jose Local: CSN California
Play by Play: Randy Hahn
Color: Drew Remenda
Reporter: Brodie Brazil

Playoff Ratings Up 50% on NBC

NEW YORK – April 16, 2012 – Three NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games on NBC this past weekend averaged a 50% increase in overnight ratings compared to last year’s coverage on the network, according to official overnight ratings data released today by The Nielsen Company. The increase includes Sunday’s Flyers-Penguins game on NBC, which posted the best Conference Quarterfinal game in 11 years and the best for any NHL playoff game, excluding the Stanley Cup Final, in a decade.

 

This past weekend’s three games on NBC – Capitals-Bruins on Saturday, Predators-Red Wings in the early window on Sunday, and Penguins-Flyers in the late window on Sunday – combined for a 1.8 overnight rating, up 50% compared to two games broadcast on the same weekend on NBC last year, which averaged a 1.2 overnight.

 

PENGUINS-FLYERS: The Flyers 8-4 victory over the intra-state rival Penguins on Sunday registered a 2.3 overnight rating, up 77% compared to last year’s comparable game (Capitals-Rangers; 1.3 overnight) and making it the best overnight rating for a Conference Quarterfinal game in 11 years (4/21/01; ABC regional; 2.5), and the best for any NHL playoff game, excluding the Stanley Cup Final, in a decade (5/18/02; ABC, Avalanche-Red Wings Conference Final; 2.4).

 

CAPITALS-BRUINS: The Capitals 2-1 double-overtime win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins on Saturday produced a 1.5 overnight rating, up 36% compared to last year’s comparable game (Coyotes-Red Wings; 1.1 overnight).

 

PREDATORS-RED WINGS: The Predators 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Sunday generated a 1.5 overnight rating, which is up 36% compared to the NHL regular-season overnight average on NBC, excluding the Winter Classic and Thanksgiving Friday game. There is no network comparison to last year as NBC only broadcast two games the first weekend of the playoffs. This is the first year in NHL history that all playoff games are being shown nationally.

 

MOMENTUM CONTINUES: The NBC overnight results for 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are consistent with ratings increases experienced by the NBC Sports Network. Through two days of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (the only national data available at this time), NBC Sports Network’s viewership is up 22% compared to the first two days of last year’s playoffs (600,000 vs. 490,000).

 

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s combined coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on both NBC Sports Network and CNBC had a total audience of 5.37 million viewers, a 31% increase vs. last year, when NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) was the only channel to show games (4.11 million).

Pens/Flyers Draws Best Playoff Numbers Since 2002

Well, you know how all those awful horror movies you see commercials for somehow keep returning with terrible sequels and remakes? Turns out, they do fantastic business, which is why they keep coming back.

The NHL’s version of a horror film, Sunday’s Game 3 between the Penguins and Flyers, drew a 2.3 overnight rating, the best overnight for a non-Stanley Cup Final playoff game since 2002 (DET/COL, Game 1: 2.4) and the best playoff telecast since NBC regained NHL TV rights in 2006. It was up 77% from the comparable telecast last year (WSH/NYR, Game 3: 1.3).

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the first part of NBC’s doubleheader was no slouch. Predators/Red Wings, Game 3 drew a 1.5 overnight. This equaled the rating for Saturday’s double-OT thriller between the Bruins and Capitals, and marked the best overnight for a Predators game ever on NBC. There was no comparable telecast last year.

I’ll have local numbers later in the day, but for now, a weekend for the NHL to look back on fondly in terms of TV numbers, as these are all pretty fantastic for hockey.

(Source: Sports Business Daily)

Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 2:
1.5
April 15 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3: 1.5
April 15 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3:
2.3

2011

Apr. 16 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.1 
Apr. 17 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
Apr. 23 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 5: 1.3
Apr. 24 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, Game 6: 1.6
Apr. 30 – Boston vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.5
May 1 – Detroit vs. San Jose, Game 2: 1.6
May 21 – Boston vs. Tampa Bay, Game 4: 1.5
May 22 – Vancouver vs. San Jose, Game 4: 1.3
Average: 1.4

2010

Apr. 17 – Boston vs. Buffalo, Game 2: 1.2
Apr. 18 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 3: 
1.5
Apr. 24 – Nashville vs. Chicago, Game 5: 
1.3
Apr. 25 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 6: 
1.3
May 1 – Philadelphia vs. Boston, Game 1: 
1.6
May 2 – Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.6
May 16 – Chicago vs. San Jose, Game 1: 
1.7
May 22 – Philadelphia vs. Montreal, Game 4: 
1.6
May 23 – San Jose vs. Chicago, Game 4: 
2.0
Playoff Average:
1.5

2009

Apr. 18 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 2: 1.0
Apr. 19 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3: 1.7
Apr. 25 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6: 1.2
Apr. 26 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 1.0
May 2 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington, Game 1: 1.4
May 3 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.3
May 17 – Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 1: 2.0
May 24 – Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 4: 1.5
Playoff Average: 1.3

2008

April 12 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.0
April 13 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 2: 
1.0
April 19 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 5: 
1.2
April 20 – Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 6: 
1.3
April 26 – Colorado vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 27 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.2 
May 4 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 
1.5
May 17 – Dallas vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.5
May 18 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 1.7

2007

April 14 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. OTT, NYR vs. ATL): 1.2
April 15 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.4
April 21 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
0.9
April 22 – New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Game 6: 
1.1
April 28 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 29 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
May 5 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.4
May 6 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 
1.4
May 19 – Ottawa vs. Buffalo, Game 5: 
0.9
May 20 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 5: 1.4

2006

April 22 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. DAL): 1.3
April 23 – Regional Coverage (EDM vs. DET, SJ vs. NSH): 
1.5
April 29 – Regional Coverage (NJ vs. NYR, EDM vs. DET): 
1.2
April 30 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. BUF, COL vs. DAL): 
1.5
May 6 – New Jersey vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.1
May 7 – Colorado vs. Anaheim, Game 2: 
0.9
May 13 – Carolina vs. New Jersey, Game 4: 
1.0
May 20 – Buffalo vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.2

Caps/Bruins Double OT Thriller Up 36% For NBC

We’ll get to the doubleheader numbers as I get them later this morning, but for now, a piece of good news for NBC on Saturday, as the networks broadcasting playoff hockey continue to see positive dividends.

The double overtime thriller between the Bruins and Capitals in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series drew a 1.5 overnight rating, up 36% from the same date last year (PHX/DET, Game 2: 1.1). It was also up 25% from the same date two years ago (BOS/BUF, Game 2: 1.2).

This is the best overnight for an opening weekend playoff game since 2009 (PIT/PHI, Game 3: 1.7). It was a better rating than all but one of NBC’s Conference Quarterfinal telecasts since 2010.

Numbers will be available for Sunday’s doubleheader within a few hours.

(Source: USA Today)

Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 2:
1.5

2011

Apr. 16 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.1 
Apr. 17 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
Apr. 23 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 5: 1.3
Apr. 24 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, Game 6: 1.6
Apr. 30 – Boston vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.5
May 1 – Detroit vs. San Jose, Game 2: 1.6
May 21 – Boston vs. Tampa Bay, Game 4: 1.5
May 22 – Vancouver vs. San Jose, Game 4: 1.3
Average: 1.4

2010

Apr. 17 – Boston vs. Buffalo, Game 2: 1.2
Apr. 18 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 3: 
1.5
Apr. 24 – Nashville vs. Chicago, Game 5: 
1.3
Apr. 25 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 6: 
1.3
May 1 – Philadelphia vs. Boston, Game 1: 
1.6
May 2 – Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.6
May 16 – Chicago vs. San Jose, Game 1: 
1.7
May 22 – Philadelphia vs. Montreal, Game 4: 
1.6
May 23 – San Jose vs. Chicago, Game 4: 
2.0
Playoff Average:
1.5

2009

Apr. 18 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 2: 1.0
Apr. 19 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3: 1.7
Apr. 25 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6: 1.2
Apr. 26 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 1.0
May 2 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington, Game 1: 1.4
May 3 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.3
May 17 – Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 1: 2.0
May 24 – Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 4: 1.5
Playoff Average: 1.3

2008

April 12 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.0
April 13 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 2: 
1.0
April 19 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 5: 
1.2
April 20 – Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 6: 
1.3
April 26 – Colorado vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 27 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.2 
May 4 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 
1.5
May 17 – Dallas vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.5
May 18 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 1.7

2007

April 14 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. OTT, NYR vs. ATL): 1.2
April 15 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.4
April 21 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
0.9
April 22 – New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Game 6: 
1.1
April 28 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 29 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
May 5 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.4
May 6 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 
1.4
May 19 – Ottawa vs. Buffalo, Game 5: 
0.9
May 20 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 5: 1.4

2006

April 22 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. DAL): 1.3
April 23 – Regional Coverage (EDM vs. DET, SJ vs. NSH): 
1.5
April 29 – Regional Coverage (NJ vs. NYR, EDM vs. DET): 
1.2
April 30 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. BUF, COL vs. DAL): 
1.5
May 6 – New Jersey vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.1
May 7 – Colorado vs. Anaheim, Game 2: 
0.9
May 13 – Carolina vs. New Jersey, Game 4: 
1.0
May 20 – Buffalo vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.2

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