Game 2 of Kings/Coyotes Down From 2011

The Kings easy victory over the Coyotes proved toxic to television viewers on Tuesday.

Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, which featured Los Angeles whitewashing Phoenix to a 2-0 series lead, drew just 835,000 viewers, down 1% from Game 2 of the 2011 Western Conference Final, with Sharks/Canucks drawing 847,000 viewers. It was down a whopping 32% from Game 1, which drew 1.10 million viewers.

Local numbers are unavailable at the moment, but it’s safe to assume that not enough casual fans in LA (the Clippers were playing at the same time) were able to pick up the slack from the likely dwindling number of folks still tuning in from Phoenix.

2012 Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Network

Game 1 (5/13/12): 1.10 million
Game 2 (5/15/12): 835,000

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 34 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New Jersey vs. New York, Game 2, 8:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

NBC’s Preakness Policy In Effect This Saturday

For the second time this year, hockey will lead into horse racing. NBC has laid out a similar plan from the Kentucky Derby for the second leg of the triple crown, the Preakness.

According to an NBC Sports spokesperson, Game 3 between the Rangers and Devils in the Eastern Conference Final will air on NBC, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. NBC will stick with the game through two potential overtimes. If the games goes to a third overtime, viewers in the New York market will stay with the game until a winner is decided. The rest of the country will need to switch over to CNBC for the rest of the game, while viewers in New York who really want to see horsies can see that on CNBC.

There is currently no alternate solution for viewers in Baltimore, who see Preakness coverage all day on their NBC affiliate as the home market to the race. That said, the game will be streamed on NBCSports.com, but if I hear of an alternate solution, I’ll pass it along.