Your Announcers and Open Thread for Day 37 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles, Game 4, 3:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Darren Pang
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Scott Oake

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Day 36 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York vs. New Jersey, Game 3, 1:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC
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

Game 3: Western Final Down Again, But Up From Last Year This Time

Game 3 of the Western Conference Final continued on a downward slope in viewership, but not as far down as the 2011 Western Final went.

The Kings third consecutive victory over the Coyotes drew 827,000 viewers on NBCSN last night, an 8,000 viewer drop from Game 2, but up 15% from Game 3 of last year’s Western Conference Final between the Sharks and Canucks (714,000).

The 2012 Western Conference Final is averaging 922,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network through three broadcasts. This is up 23% from the three-game average from last year (856,000). Game 4 of the series heads to NBC Sunday afternoon, with an if necessary Game 5 back to NBC Sports Network Tuesday.

2012 Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Network

Game 1 (5/13/12): 1.10 million
Game 2 (5/15/12): 835,000
Game 3 (5/17/12): 827,000

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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Devils/Rangers Game 2 Up From Game 1, Still Down Year-to-Year

The Devils evening their series with the New York Rangers will hopefully turn around the ratings fortunes of the Conference Finals. While Game 2 of the Western Final went down, Game 2 of the Eastern Final went up.

Game 2 between New Jersey and New York drew 1.34 million viewers, up slightly from Game 1’s 1.28 million, but still down 16% from Game 2 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final between Tampa Bay and Boston, which drew 1.56 million viewers.

The Eastern Conference Final has averaged 1.31 million viewers through two games, down 18% from the two-game average for the 2011 East Final (1.55 million) through two games.

2012 Eastern Conference Final on NBC Sports Network

Game 1 (5/14/12): 1.28 million
Game 2 (5/16/12): 1.34 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. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (5/12/12, NBCSN):
1.68 million
3. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
t4. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
t4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
6. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
7. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
8. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (5/16/12, NBCSN): 1.34 million
9. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 
1.32 million
10. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
11. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
12. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (5/14/12, NBCSN): 1.28 million
13. Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (5/13/12, NBCSN):
1.10 million
14. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 
1.07 million
15. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 35 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles, Game 3, 9:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Darren Pang
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Canada National TV: TSN
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Buccigross to Call Frozen Four as Part of New ESPN Deal

The Frozen Four has a new voice behind the mic starting with the 2013 tournament in Pittsburgh, and televised NHL action remains without one of the best studio hosts it has ever had for at least five more years.

SportsCenter host John Buccigross will remain with ESPN for at least the next five years. During that tenure, he will continue to host SportsCenter and write his hockey column for ESPN.com. In addition to that, Buccigross will take over as the play-by-play voice for ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships.

Buccigross had previously done NCAA regionals since 2006, while Gary Thorne had called the Frozen Four. Buccigross hosted NHL2Night from 1998-2004, during which the show was nominated for an Emmy. He currently hosts three hours of the mid-day SportsCenter.

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)

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.

Game 1 Hits Record Numbers, as Expected, in New York

It took two local teams, but New York appears to be all in for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at this point.

Game 1 of the Devils/Rangers Eastern Conference Final series drew a huge 6.2 local rating in New York, the highest number for any Stanley Cup broadcast in the market so far this post-season. It beats out Game 7 of the Rangers-Senators first round series (a 5.7) on MSG for the top spot.

Nine broadcasts from this post-season have broken the network’s record for a local broadcast in New York (a 2.14 for Rangers/Penguins in 2008 on VERSUS) between the Devils and Rangers.

NBC Sports Network Exclusive Broadcasts in New York During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 30, Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2: 3.5
May 1, New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2: 1.3
May 2, NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3: 3.9
May 3, Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3: 2.2
May 6, Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4: 2.37
May 7, Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5: 4.3
May 8, New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5: 2.36
May 9, NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6: 3.5
May 12, Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 7: 4.8
May 14, New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1: 6.2