RATINGS: Game 6 Even With Game 5

A Game 6 that didn’t really get interesting until the final minutes drew the exact same number of viewers as a Game 5 that went to overtime on a last second goal.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals drew 1.65 million viewers, even with the number of viewers for Game 5 between the two clubs. It ties for the third-most watched game of the playoffs on cable.

Four cable broadcasts from the Capitals/Rangers series have averaged 1.67 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched of the four conference semifinal series. Game 7 of the series airs Saturday night on NBCSN.

Capitals/Rangers Viewership Numbers on Cable

Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 1.53 million
Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN): 1.65 million
Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN): 1.65 million

Games Drawing Over One Million Viewers During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
2.
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
t3. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
t3. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
5. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
6. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
7. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
8. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
9. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
10. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
11. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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TSN Has Games 1-3 of LA/Phoenix

Toronto, ON (May 10, 2012) – The Western Conference Final takes centre stage on TSN, as Canada’s Sports Leader has the first three games of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS Third Round series featuring the Phoenix Coyotes taking on the L.A. Kings.

TSN’s coverage of the Third Round gets underway on Sunday, May 13 with Game 1: Los Angeles @ Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET (see below for complete broadcast schedule). Featured in the broadcast booth for TSN are play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Ray Ferraro.

Games are also available live nationally on TSN Mobile TV.

NHL ON TSN host James Duthie is in the TSN studio for pre-game shows and intermissions, alongside Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, and analysts Aaron Ward and Marc Crawford.

Complementing the network’s live NHL playoff games, TSN features comprehensive coverage of both the Eastern and Western Conference Final series across all of its platforms and programs, including SPORTSCENTRE, THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG and TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE, plus Canada’s industry-leading sports website TSN.ca and its related apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad.

TSN also takes a look back at the Second Round of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS with its 2ND ROUND IN 30 MINUTES show on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET leading in to live coverage of the Coyotes-Kings series.

TSN RADIO in Toronto (AM 1050), Montreal (AM 990) and Winnipeg (AM 1290) feature extensive post-season coverage, with both Conference Finals live on TSN Radio 990 and 1290.

Bell Media sports radio stations Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa also have live coverage of all Third Round match-ups, while Vancouver’s Team 1040 delivers playoff news and analysis.

TSN’s broadcast schedule for the Third Round of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS is as follows:

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

• Game 1: Los Angeles @ Phoenix – Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET

• Game 2: Los Angeles @ Phoenix – Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET

• Game 3: Phoenix @ Los Angeles – TBD

NHL Sets Dates and Times For Games 1 & 2 of the Conference Finals; TSN Gets Early West Games

Via the NHL, we now have the dates/times for the first couple of games for each conference final. Worth noting is that TSN, which usually gets a few games of one conference final, will be airing at least Games 1 & 2 of the Western Conference Final.

UPDATE: A source confirmed that TSN will air the first three games of the Western Conference Final, CBC will air Games 4-7.

Anywho, here goes. Reminder that Game 7 between Washington and New York is Saturday night.

Sunday, May 13

Los Angeles @ Phoenix, Western Conference Final Game 1 (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS)

Monday, May 14

Eastern Conference Final Game 1, @ New York or New Jersey (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS)

Tuesday, May 15

Los Angeles @ Phoenix, Western Conference Final Game 2 (9 p.m., ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS)

Wednesday, May 16

Eastern Conference Final Game 2, @ New York or New Jersey (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS)