Western Ratings Roundup: Hawks Crush Lost Finale, While Sharks Don’t Set the Bay on Fire
May 26, 2010 4 Comments
While the Stanley Cup Final-bound Chicago Blackhawks topped two of TV’s most recent seminal programs’ season (or series) finales, their opponents in San Jose trended weak ratings throughout Chi-town’s four game sweep.
The Blackhawks previously reported (here on Puck the Media) 14.1 rating in the nation’s #3 market trumped both the finales of Lost on ABC (9.3), as well as beating the Celebrity Apprentice on NBC (10.3). Incidentally, and I’m no fan of either, but in what city is Donald Trump more popular than those crazy kids on the island? The game also beat the early afternoon games of both the Cubs on WGN (5.9) and the White Sox on CSN Chicago (1.1). Game #4 peaked in the Second City from 4:45-5:00 PM CT, when it drew a 20.4/44, which translates to 714,000 viewers.
Another intriguing point of interest is that among the highly profitable demographic of Adults 25-54, the Hawks drew a 10.4 rating, again beating Lost (8.8) and Celebrity Apprentice (6.8) and showing that Chicago hockey fans are of a most desirable age group.
Meanwhile, in San Jose, it turns out the series peaked locally with Game #1’s 5.6 overnight rating, going no higher than a 4.4 for NBC’s coverage of Game #4. The two games on VERSUS showed a significant loss in interest, and perhaps coupled with the area’s unfamiliarity with exclusive games on the network (this is San Jose’s first trip to the Conference Final under the current TV contract).
Game #3 scored a 4.2 rating (around 105,000 households) in the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose triumvirate, with Game #4 dropping further to a 4.4 (about 101,000 households). After a Game #6 victory over the Red Wings which drew a record 6.5 rating, you have to think the early losses triggered the loss of interest in the market. The Bay Area finished the series with an average rating of 4.5, compared to Chicago’s 11.9.
Nationally, the series averaged 1.7 million viewers through Game #3. Game #1 on NBC totaled 2.1 million, while Games #2 and #3 drew 1.4 and 1.5 million respectively. No numbers for NBC’s telecast of Game #4 are available at this time. Thanks to Jon Swenson of Sharkspage for some of the numbers.