Kings/Coyotes Debuts to 1.1 Million

The 2012 Western Conference Final got off to a solid start on NBC Sports Network.

The network drew 1.1 million viewers for the first game of the Kings/Coyotes series, up 9% from Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Final between San Jose and Vancouver (1.0 million). Game 1 of last year’s series ended up being the most-watched game of the entire Western Final.

As was posted yesterday, Game 1 drew a 5.5 in Phoenix and a 2.1 in Los Angeles. The NBC Sports Network was the number one network in both markets for the evening.

Another interesting barometer for NBCSN: 14 games to date have topped one million viewers during the 2012 post-season. At this point last year, there were nine games that had topped a million.

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. Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (5/13/12, NBCSN): 1.10 million
12. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 
1.07 million
13. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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5 Responses to Kings/Coyotes Debuts to 1.1 Million

  1. kevin says:

    These are good numbers. Hopefully, they will growth a little bit from here as well……

  2. Jack says:

    Just noticed that this was the first western conference game to get over one million viewers…hopefully numbers go up as the series continues.

  3. nyrmessier011 says:

    14 vs 9 is nice, but i believe local networks had rights through the second round last year, as opposed to just round one this year.

  4. bomber says:

    I would like to see the ratings from Bos, Chi, and Det markets from time to time

  5. dcscor says:

    The ratings increase of 10% is not good considering Vancouver was a Western Conference finalist last year. A Canadian market team is a blackhole ratings-wise for NBC, NBCSN, Versus, etc. Two US based markets should show a much better increase. The ten percent increase is even measlier if the regionals still held rights last year.

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