Rangers/Devils Game 4 Hits Series Low

The Eastern Conference Final took a dip in viewers in Game 4.

Game 4 between the Rangers and Devils drew 1.26 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, drawing a series low. There is no comparison going back to last year, as Game 4 between the Bruins and Lightning was on NBC.

The 2012 Eastern Conference Final has averaged 1.29 million viewers over three broadcasts on NBC Sports Network. This is down 16% from the first three broadcasts of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final on VERSUS, which averaged 1.5 million through games 1, 2 and 3. At least a 2-2 series will likely guarantee better numbers for Wednesday’s Game 5.

2012 Eastern Conference Final on NBC Sports Network

Game 1 (5/14/12): 1.28 million
Game 2 (5/16/12): 1.34 million
Game 4 (5/21/12): 1.26 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. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (5/16/12, NBCSN): 1.34 million
9. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 
1.32 million
10. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
11. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
12. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (5/14/12, NBCSN): 1.28 million
13. NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/21/12, NBCSN):
1.26 million
14. Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (5/13/12, NBCSN):
1.10 million
15. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 
1.07 million
16. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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8 Responses to Rangers/Devils Game 4 Hits Series Low

  1. Jason says:

    It can’t be due to the game. It was so exciting…man NHL has opportunity to showcase ny n la and u get rangers playin the boringest type of play. Not gonna sell avg ny or fans to watch.

  2. Kevin says:

    I fucking hate Nielsen. Some real bullshit. Rangers/Caps and Devils/Flyers were both drawing more viewers than this series? Makes no sense. This Rangers/Devils series is clearly the #1 story in NY but according to Nielsen more people are watching baseball? Fuck them. #1 in the papers, #1 on radio. I go to class and I can talk to most of my friends or people there and they know what’s going on. I go to work and it’s the same. Nobody gives a fuck about baseball right now. At least nobody my age. Unless every geriatric in NY is still watching the games. There were 5 people at yesterday’s Yankee game. The only time Citi Field is full is when Jews want to talk about the internet.

    I know a lot of people in NY and NJ don’t have NBCSN, so that hurts the numbers, but they still find a way to watch the game (Bar of with friends).. None of that is calculated though. They just throw a dart at a board and guess how many people are watching something. I’ve never seen this many people actually taking an interest in the Rangers, Devils or the sport. Everywhere I go people are wearing Rangers or Devils gear. People are talking about it.

    NBC’s knows what’s up. No way they would give the NHL $2 Billion based on those shitty ratings. They know it’s all bullshit.

    • Kevin, the Rangers are not relevant.

      Dolan hides the Isles and Devils and made his own team invisible by doing so. Outside of the fringe backpages by the time the Knicks were eliminated the coverage has been weak and it’s not a number one story, the Yankees struggling are.

      Your lucky there is no subway series or Red Sox-Yankees, or you would lose the backpages, of course baseball would also be on the front-page.

      Ed Snider paid to merge with NBC and show his Philadelphia Flyers.

      It is fun watching Dolan’s paid media salseman duck and cover from horrible national and local ratings. And that’s the way it will stay.

      • Kevin says:

        Rangers aren’t relevant? I see it first hand in Brooklyn and in the city every single day. They are the #1 story right now. Majority of people mention something about it when they come into the store I work at and see my NYR hat. I’ve never seen this team more popular than it is right now. I can talk to anybody around me about it and they know what’s going on. Baseball is completely irrelevant at this moment. I honestly don’t know a single person my age that watches baseball before September. Only geriatrics still watch baseball every day.

        Even though nobody reads newspapers anymore, the Rangers are still the #1 story in there. They were on the backpages of the News and Post even before the Knicks were eliminated (NBA Playoffs started later this year) and they’ve been on the back page almost every day for the last 2 weeks. Even on days that aren’t after a game.

        The comment about Ed Snider shows how little you know. I don’t know why I decided to reply after I read that garbage but I did it anyway.. Do some research.. I’m guessing you’re 14 based on some of these comments..

  3. mcmanaman says:

    It does seem sketchy. I think the amount of people in NY that watch in bars hurts the ratings. And again the poor audio coverage from NBC doesnt lend to good presentation, so that doesnt help things either.

    • underthefish says:

      Yeah let’s not forget that this is # of TVs, not # of people. I’ve been out in NY and in NJ during the playoffs and bars have been absolutely packed with people watching the game. Those are people that are not watching at home.

      However, even if they numbers are not as high as some of the other series so far this year, let’s please note that 12 of the top 13 games on that list involve either NJ or NY. And there’s only a single Western game. The numbers might be a bit lower than expected but they’re still higher than anything else you could expect.

    • Pablo says:

      People watching in bars is the case in every city in every series in every year. This is not a NY phenomenon.

  4. kevin says:

    It was a bad game…4-1…after the first period you knew the Rangers were finished. The Rangers are very disappointing. They don’t do alot besides block shots. If they can’t create any offense people are going to watch something else

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