Predators Breaking Local TV Records

From the Nashville hockey club’s website:

The Nashville Predators are off to a great start in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning a first-round matchup against the Detroit Red Wings in five games to earn a trip to the second round for the second consecutive season. But Nashville’s on-ice performance hasn’t been the only success: A record number of area TV viewers are tuning in to watch the Predators’ quest for the Stanley Cup.

For Game 4 of the Detroit series, the Predators broadcast on SportSouth drew a 5.0 rating in the Nashville market—the highest ever for a Predators-produced broadcast. In layman’s terms, that equates to 51,000 households and 117,300 viewers. Series-clinching Game 5, also broadcast on SportSouth, beat that, registering a 5.2.

Games 1 and 2 (also on SportSouth) drew a 4.5 and 3.8 rating, respectively. Game 3, which was televised nationally on NBC, drew a 4.4 rating in the Nashville market.

Prior to the 2012 playoffs, the previous Predators broadcast record was 4.8. That mark was set first on May 9, 2011, for Game 6 of the Predators-Canucks second-round series in lasts season’s playoffs. A 4.8 rating is equivalent to 115,000 viewers.

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2 Responses to Predators Breaking Local TV Records

  1. Jason says:

    On a weekend with Yankees/Red Sox (and a perfect game) on FOX, the red-hot Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, and NASCAR on FOX, a regular season NBA game on ABC drew the highest overnight rating.

    Sunday’s Thunder/Lakers NBA regular season game drew a 3.8 overnight rating on ABC. There was no comparable regular season game last year.

    The 3.8 overnight was the highest of the weekend for any sporting event, edging the NASCAR STP 400 from Kansas (3.7), and finishing comfortably ahead of Yankees/Red Sox on FOX (2.7), Bruins/Capitals Game 6 on NBC (2.5), and Penguins/Flyers Game 6, also on NBC (2.4).

    When the final numbers come out, the NASCAR race will more than likely finish as the highest rated event of the weekend.

    Thunder/Lakers ranks as the highest rated NBA game on ABC in the metered markets since March 4, when Heat/Lakers drew a 5.2 overnight and Knicks/Celtics drew a 4.3.

    For the season, thirteen of fifteen NBA telecasts on ABC drew at least a 3.0 overnight rating — compared to ten of fifteen last season and just five of fifteen two seasons ago.

    (Sunday’s numbers from Sports Business Daily)

  2. terry says:

    As a hockey fan, I could give a **** what any NBA telecast does in the ratings. It’s good to see as a comparison, but all of these items are talking about NHL numbers growing. Sure, the NBA has more viewers. So what…they have for years. I would think that most readers of this blog are more interested in hockey ratiings. i see this got posted to almost every recent post here…any special reason why??

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