Big Local Ratings From First Two Nights
April 13, 2012 10 Comments
While the Stanley Cup Playoffs scored high marks nationally, it was local networks that continued to see great numbers from their teams on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Starting in Boston, the Bruins-Capitals Game 1 overtime thriller scored an 11.6 in Beantown on NESN, marking the best Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal opener ever for the Bruins in Boston. Similarly, the Flyers proved the Keystone State drives up numbers, as the orange and black scored a 7.3 local rating for Game 1 of their series with the Penguins, the best opener ever for Comcast Sportsnet, breaking a record set 14 years ago.
St. Louis also set records, as Game 1 of the Blues double overtime defeat to the San Jose Sharks drew a 9.7 overnight in the Gateway City, marking the best numbers for a Blues telecast since 2002. FS Midwest peaked at a 15.6 and 195,000 homes from 9:45-10:00 p.m. ET. Game 3 of the 2002 Blues-Red Wings Conference Semifinal was the last game to draw such high numbers, with a 12.3 on KPLR. Aside from two games from the Blues-Stars Conference Semis in ’01, it was the highest-rated Blues telecast ever on FS Midwest.
It wasn’t just traditional markets doing well, as Nashville (4.7) scored it’s third-highest ratings for the Predators since 2007 on SportSouth.