Red Wings/Sharks Hit Three Year Highs on NBC, Network Up 13% Over 2010 Playoffs
May 5, 2011 2 Comments
The NHL On NBC saw double-digit growth for it’s NHL Conference semi-final telecasts last weekend, which feature Boston/Philadelphia Game 1 and Detroit/San Jose Game 2.
On Sunday NBC drew a solid 2.25 million viewers for the Sharks’ 2-1 victory over the Red Wings. The game was a 24% improvement over the comparable telecast in 2010 (MTL/PIT, Game 2 : 1.81 million viewers). It was the highest viewership for an NHL game from the first two rounds since 2008 (NYR/PIT, Game 5, 5/4/08: 2.33 million viewers).
For the Bruins’ 7-3 blowout over the Flyers on Saturday, NBC scored 1.9 million viewers. This was up 19% over last year’s similar broadcast (PHI/BOS, Game 1: 1.6 million viewers)
For the weekend, NBC’s two NHL Playoff games and averaged 2.1 million viewers. This was a 24% increase on the two comparable broadcasts a year ago (MTL/PIT and PHI/BOS: 1.7 million). NBC Sports’ 2011 NHL Playoff coverage is averaging 1.93 million viewers over six telecasts, up 13% over this date in 2010 after six telecasts (1.71 million).
NBC will air coverage of Boston/Philadelphia, Game 5, if necessary, on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET. A source tells Puck the Media that Detroit/San Jose will not be moved into the slot should the Bruins sweep out the Flyers. Red Wings/Sharks Game 5 will remain at 8:00 p.m. ET on VERSUS, no matter what, meaning NBC would be dark for the whole weekend.