NBC’s Hypes Numbers for Bruins-Caps

NEW YORK – April 26, 2012 – Last night’s Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins was watched by 1.32 million viewers on the NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched NHL Conference Quarterfinal game on cable in 12 years. In addition, NBC is off to the best broadcast-network start for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 14 years, averaging 2.6 million viewers through six games.

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The 1.32 million viewers for last night’s game, in which the Capitals defeated the Bruins, 2-1, in overtime in Boston, was up 43 percent vs. last year’s comparable game (926,000; Was-Mon, Game 7), and is now the most-watched Conference Quarterfinal game since the NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) began televising NHL playoff games in 2006. It is the most-watched first-round game on cable in 12 years, since 1.51 million viewers watched San Jose-St. Louis Game 7 in 2000 (ESPN). Last night’s game produced a 0.89 rating and peaked at 1.13 during the 10 p.m. ET half hour.

Through the first 15 days of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NBC Sports Network is averaging 729,000 viewers per game, up 14 percent vs. last year (642,000).

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Through the first two weekends of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC is averaging 2.6 million viewers through six games, up 39 percent compared to last year (1.9 million, four games) and making it the best two-weekend delivery in 14 years, since Fox averaged 2.8 million viewers for its first two weekends in 1998 (two games).

Saturday’s Capitals-Bruins Game 5 was watched by 2.0 million viewers, making it the most-watched early-round Saturday game in eight years, since 2.2 million on April 17, 2004 on ABC. Sunday’s Penguins-Flyers Game 6, which aired in the early Noon-3 p.m. ET window, averaged 3.1 million viewers.

As was previously announced, Sunday’s Capitals-Bruins Game 6 averaged 3.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched Conference Quarterfinal game since the advent of people meters in 1993.

TONIGHT

The Conference Quarterfinals conclude tonight with two Eastern Conference Game 7s. Coverage begins on NBC Sports Network with the #1 New York Rangers hosting the #8 Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET. Game 7 of the #6 New Jersey Devils-#3 Florida Panthers series will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Once the Senators-Rangers game ends, coverage of the Devils-Panthers will move to NBC Sports Network until its conclusion. Extended live look-ins of Devils-Panthers will also be shown during intermissions of Senators-Rangers on NBC Sports Network.

The staggered start times of 7 p.m. ET for Senators-Rangers and 8:30 p.m. ET for Devils-Panthers allows hockey fans to watch the conclusion of both Game 7s on the NBC Sports Network. NHL Live begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Nearly 20% of Boston Watches Game 7

APRIL 26, 2012 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, set a new single-game ratings record for Bruins hockey last night when Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at TD Garden received a 19.6 average household rating in the Boston DMA. The game ranks as the 6th highest rated event in NESN history, and earned an impressive 31 share. The peak rating was a 25.5 during the 10 – 10:15 PM quarter hour, which equaled a 39 share.

 

NESN’s previous best-ever single-game hockey rating was last season’s Bruins Game 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal victory over the Montreal Canadiens on April 27, 2011 when the network garnered a 17.7 HH rating and a 28 share.

 

NESN’s Game 7 ratings in most of the key demographic categories also set new network records, including a 22.1 in Men 25-54, 19.8 in Men 18-49, and 17.4 in Adults 25-54.

Top Rated Playoff Series in NESN History

 

NESN also set a new record for the highest rated playoff series in network history. NESN televised four of the seven games against the Capitals and garnered a 13.6 average household rating. The previous best playoff series was last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Canadiens which averaged an 11.9 HH rating.

Best Season Ratings in NESN History

 

Bruins regular season ratings also set a NESN record during the 2011/12 campaign with a 4.7 average household rating in the Boston DMA. The 4.7 season rating is a 52% increase over the 2010/11 season, when NESN set the network’s previous season record with a 3.1 HH rating. NESN’s Bruins ratings have increased an astounding 115% over the last two seasons.

Caps-Bruins Game 7 Hits 12-Year High on Cable

NBC Sports Network began part one of a two-night “seventh heaven” with record numbers.

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the victorious Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins drew 1.32 million viewers, marking the highest quarterfinal number ever for NBCSN/VERSUS/OLN, and the highest for a quarterfinal game on cable since 2000 (SJ/STL, Game 7, 4/25/00: 1.55 million). It becomes the third quarterfinal game on NBCSN this year to crack the million mark, after only one passed one million last year.

NBCSN airs two more Game 7’s tonight.

Top 10 Most-watched Games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
2. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN):
1.07 million
3. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
4. NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 6 (4/23/12, NBCSN): 861,000
5. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1 (4/11/12, NBCSN):
847,000
6. Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 5 (4/22/12, NBCSN): 817,000
7. Boston vs. Washington, Game 3 (4/16/12, NBCSN): 804,000
8. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2 (4/13/12, NBCSN): 795,000
9. New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 2 (4/15/12, NBCSN): 768,000
10. Florida vs. New Jersey, Game 7 (4/24/12, NBCSN): 763,000

(Source: @NBCSportsPR)

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 16 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7, 7:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

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

New York Local: MSG

New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 7, 8:30 p.m. ET

US National TV: NHL Network*
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Canada National TV: TSN
Play by Play: Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Mike Johnson

New Jersey Local: MSG Plus

Florida Local: FS Florida

*-Will air on NBCSN after the conclusion of Ottawa/NY Rangers.

Blues Setting Records on FS Midwest

Television viewership for St. Louis Blues hockey reached an all-time high on FOX Sports Midwest during the 2011-12 regular season and Western Conference Quarterfinals. See below for Blues ratings facts and figures.

Regular Season

Regular season games on FOX Sports Midwest averaged a 3.5 household rating in 2011-12 in the St. Louis DMA, up 14 percent from the previous high of 3.1 set last season.

Four of the five highest-rated regular season Blues games on FOX Sports Midwest happened this season.

The March 13 game at Chicago was the highest-rated regular season game in FOX Sports Midwest’s 17 seasons of Blues broadcasts.

Blues local market TV ratings ranked fifth among U.S.-based NHL teams.

Blues Live pregame ratings rose 4 percent and postgame increased 42 percent.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Blues five-game series vs. San Jose averaged a 9.7 rating on FOX Sports Midwest.

The Blues Game 3 win at San Jose was the highest-rated Blues telecast ever on FOX Sports Midwest, generating an 11.0 rating.

Saturday’s Game 5 generated a 9.8. The Blues Live postgame show followed with an impressive 4.9 from 9:15-10 p.m.

On Saturday (April 21/Game 5) FOX Sports Midwest’s prime time average of 9.0 was higher than the combined prime time averages of KMOV, KSDK and KTVI (combined 8.4).

Caps Set Series Record with High-Rated Game 7

From Dan Steinberg over at The DC Sports Bog:

I figured Wednesday night’s Game 7 would finish as the highest-rated Caps game in Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic history.

I was wrong, but only just. The game earned an 8.01 rating in the Washington market, according to Nielsen overnights, making it second only to the 8.10 rating during Game 7 against Montreal in 2010. Those are the only two Caps games with ratings of higher than 6.20 on CSN.

In any case, the series finished as the highest-rated Caps playoff series in network history, with an average household rating in the Washington market of 5.90. (That’s just for the four games on CSN; three of the seven games were broadcast by NBC.) The previous high was last year’s Rangers series, which averaged a 5.72.

Also, Game 7 was the all-time most-watched CSN Caps game in Baltimore, earning an average household rating of 3.72.

Devils/Panthers Scores Solid Viewership Again

Folks can cry all they want about Devils/Panthers being a dull series with few storylines that nobody wants to see, but as long as the South Florida market is able to tune in on NBC Sports Network, the series has been doing pretty good business.

Tuesday’s overtime-settled Game 6 of New Jersey and Florida’s Eastern Conferencce Quarterfinal series drew 763,000 viewers on NBCSN. While that’s down 5,000 viewers from the only previous telecast of this series that wasn’t on NHL Network (Game 2), it still marks the ninth-most watched game of the playoffs so far on the cable networks. The game – like game two – aired exclusively on NBC Sports Network in the Miami/South Florida market.

Devils/Panthers Game 7 will air tonight, with the first half on NHL Network, and NBCSN picking it up after the conclusion of Senators/Rangers Game 7.

Top 10 Most-watched Games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
2. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
3. NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 6 (4/23/12, NBCSN): 861,000
4. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1 (4/11/12, NBCSN):
847,000
5. Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 5 (4/22/12, NBCSN): 817,000
6. Boston vs. Washington, Game 3 (4/16/12, NBCSN): 804,000
7. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2 (4/13/12, NBCSN): 795,000
8. New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 2 (4/15/12, NBCSN): 768,000
9. Florida vs. New Jersey, Game 7 (4/24/12, NBCSN): 763,000
10. Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN):
748,000

(Source: @TVSportsratings)

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