Caps/Bruins Double OT Thriller Up 36% For NBC

We’ll get to the doubleheader numbers as I get them later this morning, but for now, a piece of good news for NBC on Saturday, as the networks broadcasting playoff hockey continue to see positive dividends.

The double overtime thriller between the Bruins and Capitals in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series drew a 1.5 overnight rating, up 36% from the same date last year (PHX/DET, Game 2: 1.1). It was also up 25% from the same date two years ago (BOS/BUF, Game 2: 1.2).

This is the best overnight for an opening weekend playoff game since 2009 (PIT/PHI, Game 3: 1.7). It was a better rating than all but one of NBC’s Conference Quarterfinal telecasts since 2010.

Numbers will be available for Sunday’s doubleheader within a few hours.

(Source: USA Today)

Stanley Cup Playoff Overnights Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 2:
1.5

2011

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: 1.4

2010

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

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

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