Pens/Caps Down From Last Year, Last Week

From Sports Media Watch:

Super Bowl Sunday was not as super for the NHL on NBC this year, as the network’s Penguins/Capitals game suffered a 30% decline in overnight ratings.

The Capitals’ 3-0 win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon earned a 1.0 overnight rating on NBC, down 30% from the same matchup last year (PIT/WSH: 1.3), but up 25% from the network’s Super Bowl Sunday game in 2008 (NYR/MTL: 0.8).

NBC did not air a Super Bowl Sunday game in 2009.

The 1.0 overnight is down a tick from NBC’s first indoor NHL telecast of the season, a Flyers/Blackhawks game on January 23 (1.1).

Overnights for NHL On NBC telecasts so far this season after the jump.

January 1, 2011 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 2.8
January 23, 2011 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
February 6, 2011 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 1.0
Season-to-Date Average: 1.6


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