Caps/Hawks Top Week For NBCSN, Crosby Return Down From Last Time

In a week featuring the return (again) of Sidney Crosby, it was Alexander Ovechkin and Patrick Kane driving NHL numbers on NBC Sports Network.

Sunday’s Capitals/Blackhawks game topped the ratings for NBCSN, drawing 411,000 viewers. It built big-time on it’s lead-in, a Philadelphia-Colorado MLS telecast that drew 124,000 viewers. It was also up from last week’s Sunday night game, Kings/Blackhawks, which drew 397,000 viewers. The next closest telecast was Wednesday’s Colorado/Buffalo game, which drew 366,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, without local markets assisting, Sidney Crosby remains unable to move the needle much for the network. His return on Thursday against the Rangers drew 195,000 viewers. That was down 3,000 from his previous return on November against the Islanders, which drew 198,000. Just for comparison’s sake, a Carolina/NY Rangers game that aired on Tuesday and was blacked out in New York fared much better, scoring 292,000 viewers.

(Source: John Ourand

October 6
7:00 
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
10:00 
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
1:00 
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
7:00 
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
7:30 
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
7:30 
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

October 17
7:30 
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
7:00 
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
7:30 
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 7
7:30 NY Islanders vs. Boston – 195,000

November 8
7:30 Carolina vs. New Jersey – 241,000

November 9
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay – 411,000

November 14
7:00 
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
7:30 
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 16
7:30 New Jersey vs. Buffalo – 285,000

November 21
7:30 
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
7:30 
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

November 28
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota – 232,000

November 29
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 394,000

November 30
7:30 
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – 393,000

December 5
8:00 
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

December 6
7:30 
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

December 7
7:30 
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
7:30 
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
9:00 
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
7:30 
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

December 19
7:30 Anaheim vs. Dallas – 149,000

December 20
7:30 Chicago vs. Pittsburgh – 634,000

December 21
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Dallas – 462,000

December 26
7:30 Dallas vs. St. Louis – 270,000

December 27
7:30 St. Louis vs. Detroit – 195,000

December 28
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Washington – 327,000

January 2
8:00 
San Jose vs. Vancouver – 267,000

January 3
8:00 
Detroit vs. Dallas – 188,000

January 4
7:30 
Boston vs. New Jersey – 435,000

January 8
7:30 
Detroit vs. Chicago – 587,000 

January 10
7:30 
San Jose vs. Minnesota – 237,000 

January 11
7:30 
Pittsburgh vs. Washington – 526,000

January 15
7:30 
NY Rangers vs. Montreal – 202,000

January 16
7:30 
Dallas vs. St. Louis – 238,000

January 17
7:30 
Nashville vs. NY Rangers – 224,000

January 18
7:30 Buffalo vs. Chicago – 466,000 

January 23
7:30 
St. Louis vs. Detroit – 429,000 

January 24
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado – 190,000

January 25
7:30 Detroit vs. Montreal – 241,000

January 28
7:00 Super-Skills Competition – 1.1 million

January 29
4:00 All-Star Game – 1.3 million

January 31
7:30 Washington vs. Tampa Bay – 264,000

February 1
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Buffalo – 478,000

February 5
12:30 Boston vs. Washington – 455,000

February 6
8:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix – 263,000

February 7
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay – 155,000

February 8
7:30 Boston vs. Buffalo – 455,000

February 12
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Detroit – 600,000

February 13
7:30 San Jose vs. Washington – 351,000

February 14
7:30 Anaheim vs. Minnesota – 173,000

February 15
7:30 Boston vs. Montreal – 417,000 

February 19
6:00 New Jersey vs. Montreal – 203,000

February 20
7:30 Washington vs. Carolina – 171,000

February 21
8:00 Detroit vs. Chicago – 228,000 

February 22
9:00 Los Angeles vs. Colorado – 166,000 

February 26
7:00 Chicago vs. Anaheim – 370,000 

February 27
7:30 New Jersey vs. NY Rangers – 287,000

February 28
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Minnesota – 156,000 

February 29
7:30 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas – 456,000 

March 6
9:00 Minnesota vs. Colorado – 167,000 

March 11
8:00 Los Angeles vs. Chicago – 397,000

March 12
9:00 Anaheim vs. Colorado – 180,000

March 13
7:30 Carolina vs. NY Rangers – 292,000

March 14
7:30 Colorado vs. Buffalo – 366,000

March 15
7:00 Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 195,000

March 18
7:00 Washington vs. Chicago – 411,000 

10 Most-watched Games on NBCSN This Season
1. Boston vs. Philadelphia (10/6/11) – 874,000
2. Chicago vs. Pittsburgh (12/20/11) – 634,000
3. Philadelphia vs. Detroit (2/12/12) – 600,000
4. Detroit vs. Chicago (1/8/12) – 587,000
5. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (12/7/11) – 585,000
6. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo (11/2/11) – 558,000
7. Chicago vs. Minnesota (12/14/11) – 540,000
8. Pittsburgh vs. Washington (1/11/12) – 526,000
9. NY Rangers vs. Buffalo (2/1/12) – 478,000
10. Buffalo vs. Chicago (1/18/12) – 466,000 

10 Least-watched Games on NBCSN this Season
1. NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles (10/7/11)* – 101,000
2. NY Rangers vs. Anaheim (10/8/11)* – 124,000
3. Anaheim vs. Dallas (12/19/11) – 149,000 
4. Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay (2/7/12) – 155,000
5. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota (2/28/12) – 156,000 
6. Tampa Bay vs. Washington* (10/10/11) – 162,000
7. Los Angeles vs. Colorado (2/22/12) – 166,000
8. Minnesota vs. Colorado (3/6/12) – 167,000 
9. San Jose vs. NY Rangers* (10/31/11) – 
169,000
10. Washington vs. Carolina* (2/20/12) – 171,000

*-was blacked out in one or both of the home markets.

Hockey All Over the 2012 Sports Emmy Nominations

The people that work hard to bring you hockey games nationally night in and night out – and the folks behind HBO’s 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic – were rewarded more than ever in the 2012 Sports Emmy nominations.

Mike “Doc” Emrick was once again nominated for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play for his work on NBC and VERSUS. He’s been nominated for each of the past five years, winning for the first time in 2011. In addition, Pierre McGuire was nominated for Outstanding Sports Personality – Reporter. It is his first nomination for the Sports Emmys, and the first nomination for any hockey personality other than Emrick since at least before the lockout.

NBC and VERSUS received two additional nominations for their coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Canucks. The two networks’ coverage of the series was nominated for Outstanding Live Sports Special. The much beloved Stanley Cup commercial “No Words”, featuring NHL players unable to properly articulate their emotion upon winning the beloved trophy, was nominated for Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic.

As I mentioned, 24/7 Rangers-Flyers: Road to the Winter Classic was very much rewarded. The miniseries received six nominations, including the Dick Schaap Writing Award, and nominations for post-production, editing, camera work, and Best Open/Tease, as well as being nominated along with “No Words” in the promotional category.

The NBC Sports Group was nominated for 32 Sports Emmys, second to only ESPN with 55. The 2012 Sports Emmys will announce the winners on April 30th in New York City.

(Source: Sports Emmys

NBC to Air Three Straight Penguins/Flyers Games to End Their Season

This might be looked at as NBC taking one step forward and one step back after my post from earlier today.

NBC revealed – in the same post of their listings as their playoff coverage – that they will air Philadelphia at Pittsburgh as their NHL Game of the Week on both April 1st at 12:30 p.m. ET and April 7th – the final day of the 2011-12 season – at 1 p.m. ET. This will mean the Pens/Flyers was the Game of the Week for NBC’s final three windows of the season, a feat that has never been matched.

The NBC Sports Group had four games (Pens/Flyers, Capitals/Rangers, Red Wings/Blackhawks and Bruins/Sabres) to choose from on April 7th. Two will be shunted to NBC Sports Network for a hockey tripleheader to be completed following Philadelphia/Pittsburgh. That said, you can’t blame the network for wanted to get Sidney Crosby on as much as possible after not having him most of the season.

(Source: NBC Sports)

NBC Will Air Two Doubleheaders During the Conference Quarterfinals

NBC appears headed toward providing their most extensive Stanley Cup Playoff coverage ever, based on just their slate for the Conference Quarterfinals.

The network will air not one, but two doubleheaders during the first round of the NHL’s postseason. As previously announced, they will air one on April 15th. Today, it was revealed that they will air one – if necessary – on April 22nd, featuring games at Noon ET and 3 p.m. ET once again. NBC’s six national telecasts during the Conference Quarterfinal marks the start of what appears to be the most (not counting regional broadcasts) comprehensive coverage of the playoffs ever on broadcast television.

The networks of NBC Universal (NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, NHL Network) will air every game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs nationally, a first on American television.

NBC Sports Conference Quarterfinal Schedule
April 14 – Game 2, 3 p.m. ET
April 15 – Game 3, 12 p.m. ET
April 15 – Game 3, 3 p.m. ET
April 21 – Game 5, 3 p.m. ET
April 22 – Game 6, 12 p.m. ET
April 22 – Game 6, 3 p.m. ET

(Source: NBC Sports