Pens-Flyers Buzzer Beater Up 43%, Still Low

Sunday’s Penguins-Flyers overtime thriller produced better numbers than NBC did last year against the NCAA Tournament, but still was barely over the Mendoza line.

The broadcast of Pittsburgh-Philadelphia — which will be the NBC Game of the Week again on April 1st — drew a 1.0 overnight rating. This was up 43% from last year’s comparable matchup (NYR/PIT, no Crosby, 3/20/11: 0.7). It was also up 43% from the comparable matchup two years ago (NYR/BOS, 3/21/10: 0.7) and up 20% from last week’s NBC game featuring the Penguins without Crosby (BOS/PIT, 3/11/12: 0.8). The game’s major competition was NC State-Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament (4.3) and NASCAR’s Food City 500 (4.0).

The NHL on NBC returns in two weeks, with the aforementioned Flyers-Pens rematch.

NHL On NBC Overnights This Season
November 25 – Detroit vs. Boston: 
1.0
January 1 – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia: 2.4
January 14 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 1.1
January 22 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
February 12 – Washington vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
February 19 – Regional Coverage (SJ/DET, PIT/BUF, STL/CHI): 1.4
February 19 – Boston vs. Minnesota: 1.0
March 4 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.0
March 11 – Boston vs. Pittsburgh: 0.8
Average: 1.1

NHL On NBC Overnights For 2010-11 Season
January 1 – Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 
2.8
January 23 – Philadelphia vs. Chicago:
 1.1
February 6 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.0
February 13 – Boston vs. Detroit: 
0.9
February 20 – Regional Coverage (PHI/NYR, WSH/BUF, DET/MIN): 
1.2
February 20 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago*: 
1.2
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: 
1.3
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: 
0.8
Jan. 24, Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 
1.3
Jan. 31, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.2
Feb. 7, Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.3
Mar. 7, Detroit vs. Chicago: 
1.2 
Mar. 14, Washington vs. Chicago: 
1.0
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

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2008-09 Season

January 1 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 2.9
January 18 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.1
February 8 – Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.1 
February 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 
0.9
February 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 
1.1
March 8 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 
1.0
March 15 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 
1.1
March 22 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 
1.0
April 5 – Minnesota vs. Detroit: 
0.9
April 12 – Detroit vs. Chicago: 
0.6

2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights

April 12 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.0
April 13 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 2: 
1.0
April 19 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 5: 
1.2
April 20 – Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 6: 
1.3
April 26 – Colorado vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 27 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.2 
May 4 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 
1.5
May 17 – Dallas vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.5
May 18 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 1.7

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2007-08 Season

January 1 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: 2.6
January 20 – Boston vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
February 3 – NY Rangers vs. Montreal: 
0.8
February 10 – Anaheim vs. Detroit: 0.9
February 17 – Detroit vs. Dallas: 0.8
March 2 – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers: 1.1
March 9 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 1.0
March 16 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh: 1.1
March 30 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 1.0
April 6 – Chicago vs. Detroit: 0.8

2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 14 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. OTT, NYR vs. ATL): 1.2
April 15 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.4
April 21 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
0.9
April 22 – New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Game 6: 
1.1
April 28 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 29 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
May 5 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.4
May 6 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 
1.4
May 19 – Ottawa vs. Buffalo, Game 5: 
0.9
May 20 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 5: 1.4

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2006-07 Season

January 13 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. PHI, BOS vs. NYR, LA vs. STL): 1.1
January 28 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, DAL vs. ANA, PHI vs. ATL): 
1.3
February 11 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DAL, TB vs. NJ, CHI vs. CLB): 
0.9
February 18 – Regional Coverage (WSH vs. PIT, CHI vs. NYR, SJ vs. DAL): 
1.0
March 4 – Regional Coverage (COL vs. DET, PHI vs. PIT): 
1.3
March 11 – Regional Coverage (BOS vs. DET, CAR vs. NYR): 
1.0
March 25 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NYI, BOS vs. PIT): 
1.1
April 1 – Regional Coverage (CLB vs. DET, LA vs. SJ): 
1.0
April 8 – Regional Coverage (BUF vs. PHI, CHI vs. DAL): 
0.9

2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs Overnights

April 22 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. DAL): 1.3
April 23 – Regional Coverage (EDM vs. DET, SJ vs. NSH): 
1.5
April 29 – Regional Coverage (NJ vs. NYR, EDM vs. DET): 
1.2
April 30 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. BUF, COL vs. DAL): 
1.5
May 6 – New Jersey vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.1
May 7 – Colorado vs. Anaheim, Game 2: 
0.9
May 13 – Carolina vs. New Jersey, Game 4: 
1.0
May 20 – Buffalo vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.2

NHL On NBC Overnights for the 2005-06 Season

January 14 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. DET, COL vs. PHI, DAL vs. BOS): 1.5
January 21 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. PIT, DET vs. COL, SJ vs. LA): 
1.3
January 28 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. NYR, TB vs. PHI, DET vs. DAL): 
1.3
February 4 – Regional Coverage (DET vs. COL, NYI vs. PIT, DAL vs. STL): 
1.2
April 8 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. BOS, STL vs. COL, ANA vs. LA): 
0.9
April 15 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. PHI, MIN vs. DAL, BOS vs. ATL): 
1.0

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2 Responses to Pens-Flyers Buzzer Beater Up 432, Still Low

  1. kevin says:

    I’m not sure what the point is….it’s going to be 1.0-1.1 like it is every week…if its a bad game it will be .8-.9……..its hard to believe they get the same rating every week….even American Idol varies from week to week

  2. Kevin says:

    Do you expect anything different from the Nielsen Guess-Machine at this point??

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