Conference Final Action Down on NBC

The Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC had a second consecutive down weekend, as the network wrapped up it’s pre-Stanley Cup Final playoff coverage with a pair of conference final matchups.

Saturday’s Rangers-Devils game drew a 1.3 overnight rating, down 13% from last year’s Game 4 between Boston and Tampa Bay. It may have been hurt by the early timeslot, or the fact that there was a huge dip in ratings in the lone local market, New York. Game 3 drew a 4.2 in the Big Apple, well down from the 6.2 for Game 1 on the NBC Sports Network.

Sunday’s Game 4 between the Coyotes and Kings drew a 1.1 overnight, down 15% from last year’s Game 4 between the Canucks and Sharks, which was a 2-1 series, as opposed to the 3-0 lead the Kings had heading in. The game drew a series high 2.7 in Los Angeles.

Overall, the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC averaged a 1.6 overnight over 12 telecasts, up 14% from 2011’s eight telecasts (1.4), and NBC’s best overnight average ever for post-season coverage.

(Source: @AustinKarp)

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
May 19 – NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 3: 1.3
May 20 – Phoenix vs. Los Angeles, Game 4:
1.1
Average: 1.6

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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20 Responses to Conference Final Action Down on NBC

  1. kevin says:

    1.1 for the Kings/Coyotes…that’s pretty good up against the Heat/Pacers. The NY/NJ numbers are pathetic.

  2. New York is a baseball town. And that rating is with three local fanbases.

  3. E says:

    There is no excuse for a 1.1 rating. That is disgraceful. It proves that NY is a terrible hockey market and there is absolutlely no reason the NY market should have 3 teams. NBC will get terrible ratings in the finals no matter what the matchup.

    • underthefish says:

      The 1.1 was for LA-Phoenix. 1.3 was for NY-NJ. And those were national numbers. The game drew a 4.2 in the NY-NJ area. For a comparison, the Yankees draw a 4.3. It’s hard to get good ratings in this area because there is such a diverse population with disparate tastes. But even so, a 4.2 in the NY-NJ area is still 350,000 households, and who knows how many actual people.

      Don’t talk about “disgraceful” ratings when you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

    • underthefish says:

      The 1.1 was for LA-Phoenix. 1.3 was for NY-NJ. And those were national numbers, not local. The game drew a 4.2 in the NY-NJ area, which isn’t bad for a freaking 1pm game. For a comparison, the Yankees draw a 4.3. It’s hard to get good ratings in this area because there is such a diverse population with disparate tastes. But even so, a 4.2 in the NY-NJ area is still 350,000 households, and who knows how many actual people.

      Pittsburgh averaged a 7.89 rating in the regular season but that only amounted to 100,000 households. Which would you rather take? A 7.89 in Pittsburgh or a 4.2 in NY-NJ?

      Don’t talk about “disgraceful” ratings when you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

      • eddie says:

        These are the conference finals!!!! Buddy! The Knicks were get possible 6-7’s in the first round! Don’t bring that garbage here.

  4. Then the Rangers can leave because when the Islanders owned the cup the ratings and the sport were popular all year long in New York.

    Teams in first place wire to wire getting no backpages all winter are not relevant.

    • Kevin says:

      The Rangers are the only relevant hockey team in NY right now. If they can’t move the Islanders to Brooklyn, they’ll be playing in Quebec or Seattle in 2-3 years. The Rangers & Devils are staying right where they are & the Islanders can’t build a new arena. There last hope is Brooklyn, or Tavares will be lighting it up in another city.

  5. Kevin says:

    It is what it is. These games have been “boring” compared to the games they had on in the 1st round. The NHL needs to make some changes, again. If they don’t, the trend of defensive hockey will continue.

    You know why they had records early on? The NBA playoffs weren’t on. Once they started, the numbers went down. Start the season earlier (Mid-September) and end it earlier (Mid-March). They would get 2 rounds in before the NBA starts. Stanley Cup wouldn’t go up against the NBA Finals.

  6. tonys4 says:

    seriously what do you expect when the game starts at 1pm on a beautiful weekend?? i don’t know why nbc stubbornly puts the games so early on a saturday.

  7. tonys4 says:

    what does nbc expect stubbornly putting the game at 1pm on the first saturday of summer, why they schedule the hockey games so early in the dayis a mystery.

    • Pablo says:

      The Saturday game was a 1pm start because it needed to end before NBC’s Preakness Coverage started.

  8. Jason says:

    Rangers and Yotes play a very boring game and make game unwatchable. Kings and Devils are going for it but cant get through the lanes based on all the shot blocking and boxing out down low. Terrible and really unwatchable.

  9. DM says:

    The NY/NJ numbers do surprise me quite a bit, frankly.

  10. mcmanaman says:

    The Ratings for NY arent that bad, actually. As was posted, poor time slot on a gorgeous afternoon, AND 4.2 in NY/NJ still equates to alot of viewership.

    NBC has also done a terrible job with their audio coverage, too. The crowds, and even the announcers, are tough to hear with the network’s sound engineering.

    Compare NBC’s crowd coverage to CBC’s. NBC didnt do the crowd justice because it was an amazing atmosphere at the Rock last night.

  11. DM says:

    A 4.2 for a conference finals game with two of your three teams is good? The playoff ratings for markets like Philly, Washington, Boston, St. Louis, etc. have been more than triple that this year. I know it’s a much bigger populous, but still, 4.2 is average at best. The weather should be meaningless for an Eastern Conference Finals game.

    And people aren’t tuning in because of the audio levels? Yeah…no.

    • mcmanaman says:

      St. Louis? Yeah, no. Philly, Washington, Boston all didnt have to compete with NBA playoffs. And yes, crappy presentation affects ratings

    • underthefish says:

      I don’t think that people are conscious of the audio levels, but if you tune into a game and it’s really quiet, you’re more likely to just think it’s boring, regardless of what’s going on. If you tune in and the crowd sounds like it’s going nuts, you’ll find an easier job of getting excited and stay tuned in, maybe.

  12. kevin says:

    NYC is all foreigners…….they don’t even speak English so how are they going to like hockey

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