NHL May No Longer Be Owner of Unfortunate Statistic

Remember two years ago, when we all thought the NHL was on death row as far as ratings on broadcast TV, and the ratings for a Stanley Cup Final game were the lowest in the history of broadcast television?

Well, now we’re just on life support, and that dubious distinction may be taken away from us by Notre Dame football, whom NBC had the good sense to air against better college football on ABC and the World Series on FOX.  Our good Paulsen on Sports Media Watch has the story:

Opposite the World Series on FOX and Saturday Night Football on ABC, Notre Dame’s win over Washington State drew a mere 1.5 overnight rating on NBC Saturday night. There was no comparable primetime telecast last year.

To put that in perspective, Game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals — which finished as the lowest rated primetime program in the history of NBC — also drew a 1.5 overnight.

Well, let’s hope the final numbers are even lower, so we can take that black mark off our record.

2 Responses to NHL May No Longer Be Owner of Unfortunate Statistic

  1. Chris says:

    NBC is better off to have Jay Leno on 7 nights a week.

  2. nash says:

    I don’t get it. There are plenty of network Fri/Sat. nite shows that draw less than a 1.5. Are we just talking sports?

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