Pens-Flyers Buzzer Beater Up 43%, Still Low

Sunday’s Penguins-Flyers overtime thriller produced better numbers than NBC did last year against the NCAA Tournament, but still was barely over the Mendoza line.

The broadcast of Pittsburgh-Philadelphia — which will be the NBC Game of the Week again on April 1st — drew a 1.0 overnight rating. This was up 43% from last year’s comparable matchup (NYR/PIT, no Crosby, 3/20/11: 0.7). It was also up 43% from the comparable matchup two years ago (NYR/BOS, 3/21/10: 0.7) and up 20% from last week’s NBC game featuring the Penguins without Crosby (BOS/PIT, 3/11/12: 0.8). The game’s major competition was NC State-Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament (4.3) and NASCAR’s Food City 500 (4.0).

The NHL on NBC returns in two weeks, with the aforementioned Flyers-Pens rematch.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
November 25 – Detroit vs. Boston: 
1.0
January 1 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 2.4
January 14 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 1.1
January 22 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
February 12 – Washington vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
February 19 – Regional Coverage (SJ/DET, PIT/BUF, STL/CHI): 1.4
February 19 – Boston vs. Minnesota: 1.0
March 4 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
March 11 – Boston vs. Pittsburgh: 0.8
Average: 1.1

NHL On NBC Overnights For 2010-11 Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 
2.8
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
 1.1
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.0
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit: 
0.9
February 20 – Regional Coverage (PHI/NYR, WSH/BUF, DET/MIN): 
1.2
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*: 
1.2
March 6 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 0.9
March 13 – Chicago vs. Washington: 0.9
March 20 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 0.7
April 3 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
April 10 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 1.1
Season Average: 1.1

2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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 To Date: 1.4

NHL on NBC Overnights for 2009-10 Season

Jan. 1, Philadelphia vs. Boston*: 2.6
Jan. 17, Chicago vs. Detroit: 
0.8
Jan. 24, Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 
1.3
Jan. 31, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.2
Feb. 7, Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.3
Mar. 7, Detroit vs. Chicago: 
1.2 
Mar. 14, Washington vs. Chicago: 
1.0
Mar. 21, NY Rangers vs. Boston: 0.7
Apr. 4, Detroit vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
Apr. 11, Boston vs. Washington: 0.9
Season Average: 1.2

2010 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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
Playoff Average: 1.5

2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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
Playoff Average: 1.3

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2008-09 Season

January 1 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 2.9
January 18 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.1
February 8 – Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.1 
February 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 
0.9
February 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.1
March 8 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 
1.0
March 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 
1.1
March 22 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.0
April 5 – Minnesota vs. Detroit: 
0.9
April 12 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 
0.6

2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2007-08 Season

January 1 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: 2.6
January 20 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
February 3 – NY Rangers vs. Montreal: 
0.8
February 10 – Anaheim vs. Detroit: 0.9
February 17 – Detroit vs. Dallas: 0.8
March 2 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
March 9 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 1.0
March 16 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
March 30 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 1.0
April 6 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 0.8

2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2006-07 Season

January 13 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. PHI, BOS vs. NYR, LA vs. STL): 1.1
January 28 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, DAL vs. ANA, PHI vs. ATL): 
1.3
February 11 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DAL, TB vs. NJ, CHI vs. CLB): 
0.9
February 18 – Regional Coverage (WSH vs. PIT, CHI vs. NYR, SJ vs. DAL): 
1.0
March 4 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, PHI vs. PIT): 
1.3
March 11 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. DET, CAR vs. NYR): 
1.0
March 25 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NYI, BOS vs. PIT): 
1.1
April 1 – Regional Coverage (CLB vs. DET, LA vs. SJ): 
1.0
April 8 – Regional Coverage (BUF vs. PHI, CHI vs. DAL): 
0.9

2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2005-06 Season

January 14 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. DET, COL vs. PHI, DAL vs. BOS): 1.5
January 21 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. PIT, DET vs. COL, SJ vs. LA): 
1.3
January 28 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, TB vs. PHI, DET vs. DAL): 
1.3
February 4 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, NYI vs. PIT, DAL vs. STL): 
1.2
April 8 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. BOS, STL vs. COL, ANA vs. LA): 
0.9
April 15 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, MIN vs. DAL, BOS vs. ATL): 
1.0

Bruins-Penguins Hits Season Low on Sunday

Against college basketball’s final day of the regular season, the NHL on NBC faltered.

The network’s broadcast of the Boston Bruins vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins drew a season low 0.8 overnight rating according to Sports Business Daily (reg. required), the lowest number for a game on the network since March 20, 2011 (NYR/PIT: 0.7). The game was beaten by both a college basketball pre-game show (1.0) and the Atlantic 10 championship game (1.4) on CBS.

Bruins/Penguins was down 23% from last year’s comparable game (3/13/11, CHI/WSH: 0.9) and 30% from two years ago (3/14/10, WSH/CHI: 1.0). For more numbers, check The Hockey Ratings Database.

The network will look to rebound next Sunday against March Madness, but with a matchup (Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh) that drew VERSUS’ highest ratings last season, and potentially armed with a returning Sidney Crosby, so we’ll see.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
November 25 – Detroit vs. Boston: 
1.0
January 1 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 2.4
January 14 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 1.1
January 22 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
February 12 – Washington vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
February 19 – Regional Coverage (SJ/DET, PIT/BUF, STL/CHI): 1.4
February 19 – Boston vs. Minnesota: 1.0
March 4 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
March 11 – Boston vs. Pittsburgh: 0.8
Average: 1.1

NHL On NBC Overnights For 2010-11 Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 
2.8
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
 1.1
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.0
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit: 
0.9
February 20 – Regional Coverage (PHI/NYR, WSH/BUF, DET/MIN): 
1.2
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*: 
1.2
March 6 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 0.9
March 13 – Chicago vs. Washington: 0.9
March 20 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 0.7
April 3 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
April 10 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 1.1
Season Average: 1.1

Boston, New York Solid, if Not Spectacular on Sunday

There are a few things that can be taken away from NBC’s Sunday telecast of the Bruins and Rangers. One is that, it would probably not be best to schedule a hockey game featuring two markets at the same time those two markets are playing each other in basketball on a competing network. However, on the good side, hockey performed to it’s normal levels without having the luxury of dominating it’s dependable local markets, meaning the sport is slowly, but surely gaining traction with completely neutral hockey fans.

We’ll go to the most upsetting news first, where the Rangers – first place in the Eastern Conference by a mile, with charismatic star players getting better and better – were absolutely trounced by the Knicks – a mediocre, patchwork bunch whose only draw is Jeremy Lin – in New York by a count of 9.6 for Knicks/Celtics on ABC to 1.9 for Bruins/Rangers on NBC. The only good news to take out of this: A 1.9 is a very solid number for New York as far as hockey goes. But, if you’re a New York fan with allegiances to both teams, you should be more than a little ashamed of yourself for rewarding mediocrity.

In Boston, things were a bit better. Beantown led all markets for the Game of the Week with a 5.1/12, an above average number for NBC in the market, and an improvement from the 4.6 the Bruins road game against Minnesota drew on Hockey Day in America. While a solid hockey team was still getting beaten by an aging, mediocre hoops counterpart (6.4/15 for Knicks/Celtics in Boston) the numbers were a little more stout. Overall, hockey did fine without carrying two of it’s most important markets on Sunday.

Leafs-Habs Draws Best Numbers in Canada This Season

Montreal and Toronto are often seen as Canada’s two most passionate hockey fanbases, and it didn’t hurt their rivalry game on Saturday that a somewhat surprising coaching change took place just 24 hours before to give it some more juice.

The Maple Leafs-Canadiens showdown, despite neither team being in the playoff picture at the moment (the Leafs are four points out, the Habs last in the East) drew 2.51 million viewers on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, the best numbers CBC’s had for a game this season. It was also the best numbers for CBC since the November 20, 2010 game between Toronto and Montreal. Coverage of the game peaked at 9:30 p.m. ET with 3.37 million tuned in. 7.4 million viewers tuned in to some part of the game, nearly 20% of Canada.

The late game was helped by the big early audience, with the Buffalo Sabres blowout of the Vancouver Canucks still mustering an above average 1.17 million viewers at 10:00 p.m. ET. Aside from Hockey Day in Canada, it was the best audience for the late game since December 10th (CGY vs. EDM: 1.36 million).

Bruins-Rangers Draws 1.0 Overnight, Up 10% Year-to-Year

If NBC’s numbers remain unspectacular, they at least continue to be on the upswing, a trend that kept going with Sunday’s Bruins-Rangers telecast.

The game, which featured massive competition in both the New York and Boston markets (really? Putting Bruins-Rangers against Knicks-Celtics on ABC?) and nationally (Kentucky-Florida and the MVC Championship on CBS) drew a 1.0 overnight, up 10% from the comparable game in 2011 (PHI/NYR, 3/6/11: 0.9) though it was down 17% from the comparable game two years ago (DET/CHI, 3/7/10: 1.2).

The NHL on NBC returns this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Bruins again traveling on the road, this time to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
November 25 – Detroit vs. Boston: 
1.0
January 1 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 2.4
January 14 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 1.1
January 22 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
February 12 – Washington vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
February 19 – Regional Coverage (SJ/DET, PIT/BUF, STL/CHI): 1.4
February 19 – Boston vs. Minnesota: 1.0
March 4 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
Average: 1.2

NHL On NBC Overnights For 2010-11 Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 
2.8
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
 1.1
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.0
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit: 
0.9
February 20 – Regional Coverage (PHI/NYR, WSH/BUF, DET/MIN): 
1.2
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*: 
1.2
March 6 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 0.9
March 13 – Chicago vs. Washington: 0.9
March 20 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 0.7
April 3 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
April 10 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 1.1
Season Average: 1.1

2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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 To Date: 1.4

NHL on NBC Overnights for 2009-10 Season

Jan. 1, Philadelphia vs. Boston*: 2.6
Jan. 17, Chicago vs. Detroit: 
0.8
Jan. 24, Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 
1.3
Jan. 31, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.2
Feb. 7, Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.3
Mar. 7, Detroit vs. Chicago: 
1.2 
Mar. 14, Washington vs. Chicago: 
1.0
Mar. 21, NY Rangers vs. Boston: 0.7
Apr. 4, Detroit vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
Apr. 11, Boston vs. Washington: 0.9
Season Average: 1.2

2010 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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
Playoff Average: 1.5

2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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
Playoff Average: 1.3

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2008-09 Season

January 1 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 2.9
January 18 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh:
1.1
February 8 – Detroit vs. Pittsburgh:
1.1 
February 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers:
0.9
February 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington:
1.1
March 8 – Boston vs. NY Rangers:
1.0
March 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers:
1.1
March 22 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh:
1.0
April 5 – Minnesota vs. Detroit:
0.9
April 12 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 
0.6

2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2007-08 Season

January 1 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: 2.6
January 20 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
February 3 – NY Rangers vs. Montreal:
0.8
February 10 – Anaheim vs. Detroit: 0.9
February 17 – Detroit vs. Dallas: 0.8
March 2 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
March 9 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 1.0
March 16 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
March 30 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 1.0
April 6 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 0.8

2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2006-07 Season

January 13 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. PHI, BOS vs. NYR, LA vs. STL): 1.1
January 28 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, DAL vs. ANA, PHI vs. ATL):
1.3
February 11 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DAL, TB vs. NJ, CHI vs. CLB):
0.9
February 18 – Regional Coverage (WSH vs. PIT, CHI vs. NYR, SJ vs. DAL):
1.0
March 4 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, PHI vs. PIT):
1.3
March 11 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. DET, CAR vs. NYR):
1.0
March 25 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NYI, BOS vs. PIT):
1.1
April 1 – Regional Coverage (CLB vs. DET, LA vs. SJ):
1.0
April 8 – Regional Coverage (BUF vs. PHI, CHI vs. DAL):
0.9

2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2005-06 Season

January 14 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. DET, COL vs. PHI, DAL vs. BOS): 1.5
January 21 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. PIT, DET vs. COL, SJ vs. LA):
1.3
January 28 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, TB vs. PHI, DET vs. DAL):
1.3
February 4 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, NYI vs. PIT, DAL vs. STL):
1.2
April 8 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. BOS, STL vs. COL, ANA vs. LA):
0.9
April 15 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, MIN vs. DAL, BOS vs. ATL):
1.0

(Source: Sports Business Daily – reg. required)

Pens/Stars Tops the Week on NBCSN

After a bit of a slump, all it took was the Pittsburgh Penguins to get the NHL on NBC Sports Network out of it’s recent funk.

The Penguins wild tilt with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night drew 456,000 viewers, the best number for the network since February 12. The network also continued to do reasonably well on Sundays, as their Chicago/Anaheim broadcast drew 370,000 viewers. The Devils/Rangers Monday showdown, as I’ve mentioned previously, disappointed a bit with 287,000.

The network continues to, unsurprisingly, struggle with airing games from teams outside of the eastern time zone before 7 p.m. local time. Tuesday’s Los Angeles/Minnesota game drew just 156,000 viewers, the fifth least-watched NBCSN game of the season. Eight of the 10 least-watched games on NBC Sports Network feature a central, mountain, or pacific time zone team playing before 7 p.m. local time. Four of the 10 least-watched games have featured the Kings, and five of the bottom 10 have happened in February.

(Sources: @TVSportsratings, John Ourand) 

October 6
7:00 
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
10:00 
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
7:00 
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
7:30 
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
7:30 
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

October 17
7:30 
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
7:00 
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
7:30 
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 7
7:30 NY Islanders vs. Boston - 195,000

November 8
7:30 Carolina vs. New Jersey - 241,000

November 9
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay - 411,000

November 14
7:00 
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
7:30 
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 16
7:30 New Jersey vs. Buffalo - 285,000

November 21
7:30 
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
7:30 
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

November 28
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota – 232,000

November 29
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 394,000

November 30
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – 393,000

December 5
8:00 
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

December 6
7:30 
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

December 7
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
7:30 
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
9:00 
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
7:30 
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

December 19
7:30 Anaheim vs. Dallas - 149,000

December 20
7:30 Chicago vs. Pittsburgh - 634,000

December 21
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Dallas - 462,000

December 26
7:30 Dallas vs. St. Louis - 270,000

December 27
7:30 St. Louis vs. Detroit - 195,000

December 28
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Washington - 327,000

January 2
8:00 
San Jose vs. Vancouver – 267,000

January 3
8:00 
Detroit vs. Dallas – 188,000

January 4
7:30 
Boston vs. New Jersey – 435,000

January 8
7:30 
Detroit vs. Chicago – 587,000 

January 10
7:30 
San Jose vs. Minnesota – 237,000 

January 11
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Washington – 526,000

January 15
7:30 
NY Rangers vs. Montreal – 202,000

January 16
7:30 
Dallas vs. St. Louis - 238,000

January 17
7:30 
Nashville vs. NY Rangers - 224,000

January 18
7:30 Buffalo vs. Chicago - 466,000 

January 23
7:30 
St. Louis vs. Detroit – 429,000 

January 24
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado - 190,000

January 25
7:30 Detroit vs. Montreal - 241,000

January 28
7:00 Super-Skills Competition - 1.1 million

January 29
4:00 All-Star Game - 1.3 million

January 31
7:30 Washington vs. Tampa Bay - 264,000

February 1
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Buffalo - 478,000

February 5
12:30 Boston vs. Washington - 455,000

February 6
8:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix - 263,000

February 7
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay - 155,000

February 8
7:30 Boston vs. Buffalo - 455,000

February 12
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Detroit - 600,000

February 13
7:30 San Jose vs. Washington - 351,000

February 14
7:30 Anaheim vs. Minnesota - 173,000

February 15
7:30 Boston vs. Montreal - 417,000 

February 19
6:00 New Jersey vs. Montreal - 203,000

February 20
7:30 Washington vs. Carolina - 171,000

February 21
8:00 Detroit vs. Chicago - 228,000 

February 22
9:00 Los Angeles vs. Colorado - 166,000 

February 26
7:00 Chicago vs. Anaheim - 370,000 

February 27
7:30 New Jersey vs. NY Rangers - 287,000

February 28
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Minnesota - 156,000 

February 29
7:30 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas - 456,000 

10 Most-watched Games on NBCSN This Season
1. Boston vs. Philadelphia (10/6/11) - 874,000
2. Chicago vs. Pittsburgh (12/20/11) - 634,000
3. Philadelphia vs. Detroit (2/12/12) - 600,000
4. Detroit vs. Chicago (1/8/12) - 587,000
5. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (12/7/11) - 585,000
6. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (11/2/11) – 558,000
7. Chicago vs. Minnesota (12/14/11) – 540,000
8. Pittsburgh vs. Washington (1/11/12) – 526,000
9. NY Rangers vs. Buffalo (2/1/12) – 478,000
10. Buffalo vs. Chicago (1/18/12) – 466,000 

10 Least-watched Games on NBCSN this Season
1. NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles (10/7/11)* – 101,000
2. NY Rangers vs. Anaheim (10/8/11)* – 124,000
3. Anaheim vs. Dallas (12/19/11) – 149,000 
4. Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay (2/7/12) – 155,000
5. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota (2/28/12) - 156,000 
6. Tampa Bay vs. Washington* (10/10/11) – 162,000
7. Los Angeles vs. Colorado (2/22/12) - 166,000
8. San Jose vs. NY Rangers* (10/31/11) – 
169,000
9. Washington vs. Carolina* (2/20/12) - 171,000
10. Anaheim vs. Minnesota (2/14/12) – 
173,000

*-was blacked out in one or both of the home markets.

Devils/Habs Can’t Carry Hockey Day Momentum, and Other Recent NHL Ratings Numbers

Curiously, a Hockey Day in America that started out with 1.9 million people spread out watching three games across this country dropped to extremely low numbers towards the end of the celebration.

The Devils/Canadiens game on NBC Sports Network, which followed NBC’s doubleheader and was very well-promoted during the Bruins/Wild Game of the Week on NBC, drew just 203,000 viewers, fairly low numbers for NBCSN. To be fair – as I always am – New Jersey isn’t exactly a heavy hitter on TV (see below) and the Canadiens don’t have a US home market to draw upon to boost figures, but the lack of crossover between NBC and NBC Sports Network is a bit depressing. Maybe people were just all hockey’d out.

To improve next year, make both teams playing in the NBCSN late game American-based, and promote it more as part of the whole Hockey Day package. Devils-Habs was often promoted separately from Hockey Day.

The number is part of a larger slump that NBC Sports Network has seen in February. Aside from the Philadelphia/Detroit game, which hit the second highest figures of the year on the network, there have been some lower scores. Four of the 10-least watched games this season on NBCSN came from February, the most since October, which also has four.

The week following Hockey Day didn’t exactly pick things up. Monday’s Caps/Canes showdown, blacked out in Washington, drew just 171,000 viewers. The following nights Red Wings/Blackhawks rivalry game, which was blacked out in both home markets, drew 228,000 viewers. However, most embarrassingly perhaps was Wednesday night’s Kings/Avalanche game, an uncompetitive game that was seen by a mere 166,000 viewers, despite the fact that both local markets saw the games.

The numbers for Sunday’s Chicago/Anaheim game were unavailable, but Monday night’s Devils/Rangers barnburner, which featured just 28 total shots between the two teams, drawing 287,000 viewers, still not exactly big stuff. Hopefully the network can improve with the Penguins playing tonight, the Flyers/Caps showdown Sunday, and better match-ups coming through as they season rolls to a close.

October 6
7:00 
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
10:00 
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
7:00 
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
7:30 
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
7:30 
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

October 17
7:30 
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
7:00 
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
7:30 
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 7
7:30 NY Islanders vs. Boston - 195,000

November 8
7:30 Carolina vs. New Jersey - 241,000

November 9
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay - 411,000

November 14
7:00 
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
7:30 
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 16
7:30 New Jersey vs. Buffalo - 285,000

November 21
7:30 
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
7:30 
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

November 28
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota – 232,000

November 29
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 394,000

November 30
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – 393,000

December 5
8:00 
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

December 6
7:30 
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

December 7
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
7:30 
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
9:00 
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
7:30 
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

December 19
7:30 Anaheim vs. Dallas - 149,000

December 20
7:30 Chicago vs. Pittsburgh - 634,000

December 21
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Dallas - 462,000

December 26
7:30 Dallas vs. St. Louis - 270,000

December 27
7:30 St. Louis vs. Detroit - 195,000

December 28
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Washington - 327,000

January 2
8:00 
San Jose vs. Vancouver – 267,000

January 3
8:00 
Detroit vs. Dallas – 188,000

January 4
7:30 
Boston vs. New Jersey – 435,000

January 8
7:30 
Detroit vs. Chicago – 587,000 

January 10
7:30 
San Jose vs. Minnesota – 237,000 

January 11
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Washington – 526,000

January 15
7:30 
NY Rangers vs. Montreal – 202,000

January 16
7:30 
Dallas vs. St. Louis - 238,000

January 17
7:30 
Nashville vs. NY Rangers - 224,000

January 18
7:30 Buffalo vs. Chicago - 466,000 

January 23
7:30 
St. Louis vs. Detroit – 429,000 

January 24
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado - 190,000

January 25
7:30 Detroit vs. Montreal - 241,000

January 28
7:00 Super-Skills Competition - 1.1 million

January 29
4:00 All-Star Game - 1.3 million

January 31
7:30 Washington vs. Tampa Bay - 264,000

February 1
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Buffalo - 478,000

February 5
12:30 Boston vs. Washington - 455,000

February 6
8:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix - 263,000

February 7
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay - 155,000

February 8
7:30 Boston vs. Buffalo - 455,000

February 12
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Detroit - 600,000

February 13
7:30 San Jose vs. Washington - 351,000

February 14
7:30 Anaheim vs. Minnesota - 173,000

February 15
7:30 Boston vs. Montreal - 417,000 

February 19
6:00 New Jersey vs. Montreal - 203,000

February 20
7:30 Washington vs. Carolina - 171,000

February 21
8:00 Detroit vs. Chicago - 228,000 

February 22
9:00 Los Angeles vs. Colorado - 166,000 

February 27
7:30 New Jersey vs. NY Rangers - 287,000

10 Most-watched Games on NBCSN This Season
1. Boston vs. Philadelphia (10/6/11) - 874,000
2. Chicago vs. Pittsburgh (12/20/11) - 634,000
3. Philadelphia vs. Detroit (2/12/12) - 600,000
4. Detroit vs. Chicago (1/8/12) - 587,000
5. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (12/7/11) - 585,000
6. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (11/2/11) – 558,000
7. Chicago vs. Minnesota (12/14/11) – 540,000
8. Pittsburgh vs. Washington (1/11/12) – 526,000
9. NY Rangers vs. Buffalo (2/1/12) – 478,000
10. Buffalo vs. Chicago (1/18/12) – 466,000 

10 Least-watched Games on NBCSN this Season
1. NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles (10/7/11)* – 101,000
2. NY Rangers vs. Anaheim (10/8/11)* – 124,000
3. Anaheim vs. Dallas (12/19/11) – 149,000 
4. Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay (2/7/12) – 155,000
5. Tampa Bay vs. Washington* (10/10/11) – 162,000
6. Los Angeles vs. Colorado (2/22/12) - 166,000
7. San Jose vs. NY Rangers* (10/31/11) – 
169,000
8. Washington vs. Carolina* (2/20/12) - 171,000
9. Anaheim vs. Minnesota (2/14/12) – 
173,000
10. Detroit vs. Dallas* (1/2/12) – 
188,000

*-was blacked out in one or both of the home markets.

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