Blackhawks/Red Wings Ratings Up 10% For NBC

After average numbers for the Thanksgiving Showdown, and seeing the Winter Classic ratings slide a bit, NBC used an Original Six rivalry to open their more traditional NHL coverage on an up note in 2012.

The network’s first Saturday regular season broadcast in four years, a Red Wings overtime victory over the Blackhawks, drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating, tying for the best NBC numbers since last year’s Hockey Day in America doubleheader.

The game tops 2011’s first indoor broadcast (PHI/CHI, 1/23/11: 1.0) by 10%, and topped 2010’s first game indoors (CHI/DET, 1/17/10: 0.8) by a whopping 38%. Keep in mind that both those games aired on Sunday, and the Philadelphia/Chicago game aired on the same day the Chicago Bears were hosting the NFC Championship Game. 2009’s Chicago/Detroit game also aired in the way of NFL Divisional Playoff games, while the Hawks/Wings OT thriller ended before football action began on Saturday. That said, I love an encouraging note to begin the second half of the NHL’s season. It will be interesting to see if NBC can keep the momentum going for a Crosby-less Penguins/Capitals showdown next Sunday.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
November 25 – Detroit vs. Boston: 
January 1 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 2.4
January 14 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 1.1

NHL On NBC Overnights For 2010-11 Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit: 
February 20 – Regional Coverage*: 
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*: 
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: 
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: 
Jan. 24, Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 
Jan. 31, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
Feb. 7, Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
Mar. 7, Detroit vs. Chicago: 
Mar. 14, Washington vs. Chicago: 
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

Your NHL National TV Schedule for the Week of January 16

Monday, January 16

Nashville vs. NY Islanders, 1:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network Canada

Colorado vs. Phoenix, 4:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network Canada

Dallas vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN2
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Tuesday, January 17

Nashville vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN2
Play by Play:
Dave Strader
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Wednesday, January 18

Washington vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN

Buffalo vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN2
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Phoenix vs. Anaheim, 10:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network Canada

Thursday, January 19

Minnesota vs. Toronto, 7:00 p.m. ET, TSN

Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Friday, January 20

Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Saturday, January 21

NY Rangers vs. Boston, 1:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

San Jose vs. Vancouver, 4:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Montreal vs. Toronto, 7:00 p.m. ET, CBC/NHL Network US
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Florida vs. Winnipeg, 7:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Mitch Peacock

Calgary vs. Edmonton, 10:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

Sunday, January 22

Washington vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NHL Network Canada
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Colorado vs. Anaheim, 8:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network Canada

Nick Lidstrom is Featured in Episode Three of NHL 36

NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2012) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and NHL Original Productions today announced Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom as the next NHL player to be profiled in the all-access series NHL 36. The Red Wings icon, who has spent his entire career with the Detroit organization, is revered by teammates and management for his consistency, his preparation and his leadership.

NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Red Wings’ captain today and will follow him for 36 straight hours as Lidstrom prepares for and leads his team in back-to-back games: against the Buffalo Sabres at home tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-B, FS-D), followed by a trip to Dallas to take on the Stars tomorrow (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-D,FS-SW). Viewers will follow along as the seven-time Norris Trophy winner travels to and from the rink, takes part in team meetings and enjoys downtime in between.

NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith.

NHL 36: Lidstrom will re-air on the NBC Sports Network multiple times including Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Friday, Jan. 27 at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5:00 p.m. All times are ET.

NHL Original Productions is the latest collaboration between the NHL and renowned executive producer Ross Greenburg – an alliance that produced two critically-acclaimed programs on HBO: Broad Street Bullies and the Emmy Award-winning 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic®. Throughout the year, NHL Original Productions will develop long- and short-form hockey programming for use by the League’s media platforms (NHL Network and as well as national and regional rights-holders.