The Hockey Ratings Database

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, after NHL on NBC ratings post, I post the numbers for NBC games since around 2009. Well, recently – with the help of Sports Business Daily’s immense archives - I’ve been able to track the ratings on NBC all the way back to their debut covering hockey again in 2006. Not satisfied with just that, I’ve been able to track them down with enough frequency (read no missing dates) through FOX’s coverage of the 1998 Playoffs. I felt they should all be in one place, for research purposes. Here it is, Puck the Media’s Hockey Ratings Database

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
March 18 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 1.0
April 1 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 1.2
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

2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 10 – Regional Coverage (NSH vs. DET, NYI vs. TB, SJ vs. STL): 1.6
April 17 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. NSH, NJ vs. PHI, DAL vs. COL): 
2.1
April 24 – Regional Coverage (CGY vs. DET, SJ vs. COL): 1.5
May 8 – Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay, Game 1: 
1.6
May 15 – Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia, Game 4: 
1.7

NHL On ABC Overnights for the 2003-04 Season

January 10 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. BOS, COL vs. DAL, NYR vs. NYI): 1.7
February 14 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, COL vs. DET, BOS vs. CHI): 
1.6
March 13 – Regional Coverage (DAL vs. DET, NJ vs. PHI, LA vs. SJ): 
1.2
March 20 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, STL vs. DAL): 
1.1
March 27 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, NYR vs. PHI, LA vs. CGY): 
1.3

2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 12 – Regional Coverage (ANA vs. DET, COL vs. MIN): 0.9
April 19 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. TOR, COL vs. MIN): 
1.7
April 26 – Regional Coverage (TB vs. NJ, ANA vs. DAL): 
1.6
May 3 – Regional Coverage (ANA vs. DAL, PHI vs. OTT): 
1.7 
May 10 – Anaheim vs. Minnesota, Game 1: 
2.0
May 17 – Ottawa vs. New Jersey, Game 4: 
1.3

NHL On ABC Overnights for the 2002-03 Season

January 11 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DAL, DET vs. PHI, NYR vs. PIT): 1.9
February 8 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. BOS, COL vs. DET, NYR vs. PHI): 
1.9
March 15 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, NYR vs. NJ, PHI vs. PIT): 
1.8
March 22 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, CHI vs. COL, DET vs. STL): 
1.4
March 29 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. STL, NYR vs. BOS, PHX vs. COL): 
1.3

2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 20 – Regional Coverage (LA vs. COL, NYI vs. TOR, CHI vs. STL, PHX vs. SJ): 1.6
April 27 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. MTL, COL vs. LA, CAR vs. NJ): 
2.1
May 4 – Regional Coverage (STL vs. DET, SJ vs. COL): 
2.0
May 11 – Regional Coverage (STL vs. DET, SJ vs. COL): 
2.2
May 18 – Colorado vs. Detroit, Game 1: 
2.4
May 25 – Detroit vs. Colorado, Game 4: 2.2

NHL On ABC Overnights for the 2001-02 Season

January 5 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, PIT vs. NYR, WSH vs. BOS): 2.0
January 12 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, STL vs. PIT, DET vs. DAL): 
2.3
March 2 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, DET vs. PIT, DAL vs. COL): 
1.4
March 9 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, DET vs. STL, COL vs. LA): 
1.6
March 16 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. DET, NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. PHI): 
1.4

2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 14 – Regional Coverage (SJ vs. STL, BUF vs. PHI, LA vs. DET, PIT vs. WSH): 2.2
April 21 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. WSH, SJ vs. STL, PHI vs. BUF, LA vs. DET): 
2.5
April 28 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. BUF, LA vs. COL): 
1.9
May 5 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo, Game 5: 
2.0
May 12 – St. Louis vs. Colorado, Game 1: 
1.6
May 19 – New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, Game 4: 
1.7

NHL On ABC Overnights for the 2000-01 Season

March 10 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. STL, COL vs. DAL, NJ vs. PHI): 1.5
March 17 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, NYR vs. PHI, SJ vs. LA): 
1.5
March 24 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. BOS, ANA vs. LA, DET vs. NYR): 
1.2 
March 31 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. PHI, STL vs. PIT, NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. LA): 
1.7
April 7 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, PIT vs. PHI, NYR vs. FLA, DAL vs. SJ): 
1.4

2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 15 – Regional Coverage (LA vs. DET, PIT vs. WSH, PHX vs. COL, SJ vs. STL): 2.2
April 30 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. PHI, DET vs. COL): 
2.3
May 7 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 5: 
1.8
May 14 – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 
1.5
May 21 – Dallas vs. Colorado, Game 4: 
2.1

NHL On ABC Overnights for the 1999-00 Season

March 18 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. BOS, NYR vs. PHI, DAL vs. CHI, DET vs. COL): 1.7
March 26 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. PHI, NYR vs. DET, STL vs. CHI, COL vs. DAL): 
1.5
April 1 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. BOS, PHI vs. PIT, DET vs. STL, ANA vs. LA): 
1.9
April 9 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. NYR, STL vs. CHI, PHX vs. DAL, DET vs. COL, LA vs. ANA): 
1.3

1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

Apr. 25 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. ANA, NJ vs. PIT, PHX vs. STL): 2.0
May 2 – Regional Coverage (NJ vs. PIT, PHX vs. STL): 
1.5
May 9 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, BUF vs. BOS): 
2.2
May 16 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, BUF vs. BOS):
 2.1
May 23 – Buffalo vs. Toronto, Game 1: 
1.2 
May 30 – Colorado vs. Dallas, Game 5: 
1.8

NHL On FOX Overnights for the 1998-99 Season

February 7 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. BOS, DET vs. PIT, COL vs. DAL): 1.7
February 14 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. NYR, PHI vs. COL): 
1.6
February 21 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. CHI, COL vs. DAL, DET vs. BUF): 
1.6
February 28 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. NYR, PIT vs. WSH, LA vs. DAL): 
1.7
March 7 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. PIT, NYR vs. BOS, STL vs. DAL): 
1.6
March 21 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, DET vs. PHI, COL vs. CHI): 
1.6
March 28 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. DET, STL vs. CHI, LA vs. COL): 
1.8
April 4 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. DAL, NYR vs. NJ): 
1.6
April 11 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. DET, COL vs. STL, LA vs. DAL): 
1.6
April 18 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, DAL vs. COL, BOS vs. PHI): 
2.5

1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 26 – Regional Coverage (WSH vs. BOS, DAL vs. SJ, NJ vs. OTT): 2.4
May 3 – Regional Coverage (WSH vs. BOS, DET vs. PHX): 2.1
May 10 – Regional Coverage (STL vs. DET, MTL vs. BUF): 
1.8
May 24 – Detroit vs. Dallas, Game 1: 
1.8
May 31 – Dallas vs. Detroit, Game 4: 
2.5 

2 Responses to The Hockey Ratings Database

  1. John says:

    FYI…note to say I reference this and appreciate the work. Any possibility of adding viewership to the ratings?

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