Devils Clincher Down From Game 4

The New Jersey Devils wrap up of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers took a dip from some of the earlier games in the series, as likely some casual fans and Philadelphians tuned out for New Jersey’s victory.

Game 5 drew 1.31 million viewers, still quite a sturdy number. It will go down as the sixth-most watched game of the playoffs on cable, but the second-least watched game of this series. Game 2 was the only game to draw a lower number.

The game drew a 2.36 rating in New York, just missing out on Game 4’s record-setting 2.37.

The Eastern Conference Semifinal between the Devils and Flyers averaged 1.67 million viewers over five broadcasts, including Game 1, which aired on NBC. On cable, the series averaged 1.47 million viewers over four broadcasts on NBC Sports Network. It will likely end up the second-most watched conference semifinal series, behind Rangers/Capitals.

Viewership Numbers for Devils/Flyers Eastern Conference Semifinal

Game 1 (4/29/12, NBC): 2.5 million
Game 2 (5/1/12, NBC Sports Network): 1.29 million
Game 3 (5/3/12, NBC Sports Network): 1.66 million
Game 4 (5/6/12, NBC Sports Network): 1.63 million
Game 5 (5/8/12, NBC Sports Network): 1.31 million
Five-Game Average:
Four-Game NBC Sports Network Average:

Top 10 Most-watched Games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
3. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
4. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
5. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
6. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
7. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
8. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
9. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
10. Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 984,000

(Source: TV By the Numbers)


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7 Responses to Devils Clincher Down From Game 4

  1. Kevin says:

    When the playoffs are over, can you do this with every series? In one big post? Put every game from every series and list how many viewers it had. I would really appreciate that if you could find a way to do it.

  2. E says:

    Anyone know what the starting time would be for a game 7 on Saturday between the Rangers and Capitals if Washington wins tonight?

    • Jason says:


    • Arthur says:

      7:30 ET
      If there is a Game 7 I would guess that moves Game 1 of West to Sunday night. If there is no Game 7 then West starts Saturday.

      • Jason says:

        Should hav stated mountain time since I’m in mtn time. Either way, Comcast dish and directv guides hav the info if u just use it. Much like twitter and John Shannon stating the game days to start round 2. No knock on this web site, but you can get all this info posted here on twitter Nbcsports pr n sports business journal or any of the main NHL contacts at league office who r on twitter. All the stuff here is a copy n paste. I stop by to read comments since its the usual 10 guys commenting on a good day.

  3. Spungo says:

    Washington-New York Game 5 was left off your top 10 list for some reason. That game drew 1.65 million.

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