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

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2 Responses to Pens/Flyers Draws Best Playoff Numbers Since 2002

  1. eddie says:

    Right on! I’m so happy and jacked. If pitt/philly could go 6/7. There would be record ratings. Something is haPpening now. A shift is developing with hockey. I’ve been listening to a lot of shows who wouldn’t mention hockey and and now are…..

  2. eddie says:

    Nbc must be pretty damn happy.

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