Kings Sweep of St. Louis Draws Playoff Low

The Los Angeles Kings first appearance on national television since 2007, and clinching game of their Western Conference Semifinals against the St. Louis Blues, drew the lowest ratings for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on NBC this post-season.

The Kings’ 3-1 victory over the Blues drew a 1.0 overnight rating on Sunday afternoon. While there was no comparable post-season game over the past few years, the number is still the lowest for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on NBC since the opening round in 2009 (WSH/NYR Game 6, 4/26/09). It is tied for the second-lowest playoff overnight ever on NBC. The Blues and Kings had a combined one appearance on NBC since 2007 before yesterday.

Stanley Cup Playoff action on NBC is averaging a 1.7 overnight rating through four weeks and ten telecasts. It remains well on pace to be the highest-rated playoffs ever on the network.

(Source: SportsBusiness Daily)

Stanley Cup Playoff Ratings on NBC Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 2:
1.5
April 15 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3:
1.5
April 15 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3:
2.3
April 21 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 5:
1.5
April 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6:
2.4
April 23 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 6:
2.5
April 29 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 1:
1.5
April 30 – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.9
May 6 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 4: 1.6
May 7 – St. Louis vs. Los Angeles, Game 4: 1.0
Average: 1.7

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
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
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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

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12 Responses to Kings Sweep of St. Louis Draws Playoff Low

  1. Spungo says:

    LA is a terrible hockey market. A 1.0 is worse than most regular season games. The low scoring isn’t helping either. It’s like soccer on ice out there.

  2. mickeyb21 says:

    ‘The Blues and Kings had a combined one appearance on NBC since 2007 before yesterday.’ This pretty much sums up why I think that rating happened. A noon start on the west coast doesn’t help matters much

  3. kevin says:

    Now you know why you never see these team on NBC…ha ha ha ha!! Actually 1.0 is pretty good IMO……

  4. bomber says:

    Philly better rally or it could be a disaster.What were the ratings for the big market teams that were eliminated.

    • eddie says:

      Even though, nbc probably didn’t want to do it. It does plant some seeds. My nightmare is if la is in the final and their playing the same night as the lakers that could be a catasrophy.

  5. DM says:

    It certainly has to be a bit concerning, but I would imagine at lot of the St. Louis market tuned out. LA is a bandwagon market, so I fully expect them to tune in for the WCF.

    Remember, the ratings hit records last year with a Canadian team involved the entire time.

  6. kevin says:

    NYR vs LA would be very good for ratings. It’s almost a given that LA is in the Final at this point.

    • kingrussell says:

      Keep in mind it was a beautiful afternoon in LA. Evening games in the Finals will draw much better. By the way what was the local rating in LA?

  7. kingrussell says:

    Why is it so difficult to get the local LA rating?

  8. kingrussell says:

    I’m waiting.

  9. kingrussell says:

    Thank you. Fantastic weather probably hurt it a little bit,I hoping for at least a 3.0,but still not bad for the Kings.

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