Devils/Rangers Series Opener Down From Last Year

The Battle of the Hudson River in the Eastern Conference Final started off with a lower number than last year on the NBC Sport Network.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers drew 1.28 million viewers, down 20% from Game 1 between Boston and Tampa Bay in 2011, which scored 1.54 million viewers.

Currently waiting on local ratings, which likely set a record in the New York market. Game 1 is the 15th game of the 2012 Playoffs to crack one million viewers, up from 10 at this point last year.

Games Drawing Over One Million Viewers During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
2. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (5/12/12, NBCSN):
1.68 million
3. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
t4. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
t4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
6. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
7. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
8. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
9. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
10. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
11. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (5/14/12, NBCSN): 1.28 million
12. Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (5/13/12, NBCSN):
1.10 million
13. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 
1.07 million
14. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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9 Responses to Devils/Rangers Series Opener Down From Last Year

  1. kevin says:

    More evidence that New Jersey is a horrible hockey market. Washington and even Tampa were better obviously. Please move this franchise already………….

    • eddie says:

      This is embarrassing.

    • Kris says:

      Yeah, it’s NJ’s fault. Give me a break.

    • Pablo says:

      Looking at the local NY ratings. I’d say 1/3 of the NY rating comes from Devils fans. Of the 6.2 rating, you can likely attribute 4.0-4.2 to Ranger fans, and 2.0-2,2 to Devil fans.

      Seeing as the NY market set a record with a 6.2 rating, seems like it is the rest of the country that wasn’t as interested in last night’s game.

      It would be useful to understand how many of the 1.28 million viewers are contained in the NY market’s 6.2 rating. Steve is it possible to break that out?

    • Mcmanaman says:

      More evidence that you’re an idiot

  2. ?? says:

    What is going to hurt the eastern conference finals ratings is that you have two teams in the same market. They do not have another city invested. And nobody in the new york market cares about the devils. Its all about the rangers..

    Philly vs Rangers ECF would of been huge ratings wise.

  3. kevin says:

    Let’s be logical. First…Boston is a better hockey market than New York. As for these numbers…the same Ranger fans that watched gm 7 vs Washington watched this game. What changed? The opponent….they lost 200,000 Capitals fans and replaced those with the 20,000 Devils fans in New Jersey. The fact is…if you live in New Jersey you are either a Ranger fan…a Flyer fan….or NOT a hockey fan! Why do you think they have their Stanley Cup parades in a parking lot……..

  4. mcmanaman says:

    Nothing you’ve said has any logic or sense whatsoever. Parking lot parades have nothing to do with Game 1 ratings. You’re just trolling. Look at the record local numbers for the New York market and the great ratings the Devils have garnered this year. The 20% drop for Game 1 can probably be attributed to the national interest in low-scoring games, not the local.

  5. kevin says:

    The Devils have NO fans. Their brand new arena is half empty every nite. Games 3 & 4 will be 75% Ranger fans. What more evidence do you need….? The Devils have never been able to connect with the people of New Jersey. They should be doing a 20 share in cities in New Jersey like Pittsburgh does PA………

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