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
2.
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)

Nashville/Phoenix Finishes Up, But Still Low

Despite having a big lead-in from another overtime game between the Rangers and Capitals, few stuck around to see the conclusion of the Phoenix Coyotes defeat of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Game 5 of the series drew 707,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network (the game began around 10:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with the first 10 minutes or so airing on CNBC due to the overtime of Washington/New York) up 7% from Game 4 (660,000) but still down from the first two games of the series.

In Phoenix, the game scored a 4.6 rating, the highest ever for an NHL game in that market. NBC Sports Network was the #1 cable network in the Phoenix market for the entire game.

Nashville/Phoenix averaged 632,000 viewers over five broadcasts (four on NBCSN, one on CNBC). That’s up 3% from last year’s Nashville/Vancouver series, which averaged 610,000 viewers over six broadcasts (all on VERSUS).

(Sources: @SonoftheBronx, @NBCSportsPR)

Predators-Coyotes Western Conference Semifinal Viewership
Game 1 (NBC Sports Network):
767,000
Game 2 (NBC Sports Network):
796,000
Game 3 (CNBC):
231,000
Game 4 (NBC Sports Network):
660,000
Game 5 (NBC Sports Network): 707,000

Caps/Rangers Game 5 Down From Game 3

Game 5 of the Capitals/Rangers series had fewer overtimes and fewer viewers than Game 3.

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal between Washington and New York drew 1.65 million viewers, down 200,000 viewers from Game 3, the last game on NBC Sports Network (1.85 million). Regardless, it was still the second-most watched game of the series, and third-most watched game of the post-season on cable.

Locally, the game drew a 4.32 rating in New York, setting a record for the NHL on NBC Sports Network in the market.

Through three telecasts, NBC Sports Network has averaged 1.67 million viewers for the Capitals/Rangers series, it’s most-watched series in the second round.

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
2.
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
3. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
4. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
5. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
6. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 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: TVBytheNumbers)

Flyers/Devils Remains Big, Sets Record in New York

Game 4 between Philadelphia and New Jersey couldn’t quite match the numbers for an overtime Game 3, but the series remained potent with viewers.

The game drew 1.63 million viewers on NBC Sports Network. While that’s down just a little from Game 3 (1.66 million) that still marks the second-highest numbers of the series, and third-highest numbers for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable.

In New York, the game drew a 2.37 rating, a record for the Devils in the market. The series has averaged 1.77 million viewers through four games on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and 1.52 million for three games on NBC Sports Network.

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

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
2.
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 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 1.29 million
7. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
8. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
9. Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 984,000
10. New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 867,000

(Source: TVBytheNumbers)

FRIDAY: Phoenix/Nashville Continues to Struggle

Game 5 numbers from Predators/Coyotes should be available, but Game 4 numbers from the weekend show this as a series still struggling to gain traction since it shifted from Phoenix to Nashville.

Game 4 between Phoenix and Nashville drew 660,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network. While that’s up huge from Game 3, which drew one of the lowest numbers of the playoffs during the Triple-OT Rangers/Caps game, it failed to match the numbers from Games 1 & 2 despite facing no other NHL competition.

The series should gain a few more viewers from an OT lead-in from the Rangers and Capitals on Monday night.

Predators-Coyotes Western Conference Semifinal Viewership
Game 1 (NBC Sports Network):
767,000
Game 2 (NBC Sports Network):
796,000
Game 3 (CNBC):
231,000
Game 4 (NBC Sports Network):
660,000

(Source: @SonoftheBronx)

Kings Sweep of St. Louis Draws Playoff Low

The Los Angeles Kings first appearance on national television since 2007, and clinching game of their Western Conference Semifinals against the St. Louis Blues, drew the lowest ratings for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on NBC this post-season.

The Kings’ 3-1 victory over the Blues drew a 1.0 overnight rating on Sunday afternoon. While there was no comparable post-season game over the past few years, the number is still the lowest for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on NBC since the opening round in 2009 (WSH/NYR Game 6, 4/26/09). It is tied for the second-lowest playoff overnight ever on NBC. The Blues and Kings had a combined one appearance on NBC since 2007 before yesterday.

Stanley Cup Playoff action on NBC is averaging a 1.7 overnight rating through four weeks and ten telecasts. It remains well on pace to be the highest-rated playoffs ever on the network.

(Source: SportsBusiness Daily)

Stanley Cup Playoff Ratings on NBC Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 2:
1.5
April 15 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3:
1.5
April 15 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3:
2.3
April 21 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 5:
1.5
April 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6:
2.4
April 23 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 6:
2.5
April 29 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 1:
1.5
April 30 – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.9
May 6 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 4: 1.6
May 7 – St. Louis vs. Los Angeles, Game 4: 1.0
Average: 1.7

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
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
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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

Rangers/Capitals Game 4 Up From Game 1 on Derby Day

Despite perhaps a weaker timeslot, Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the Rangers and Capitals drew the best overnight for a Saturday game during these playoffs.

Game 4 of the series drew a 1.6 overnight rating on NBC Saturday, better than the 1.5 the prior three Saturday afternoon tilts (including Game 1 of the series) drew in previous weeks. There hasn’t been a comparable game since 2008, when the Penguins eliminated the Rangers and also drew a 1.5 overnight.

This was despite the game airing at 12:30 p.m. ET, a much less convenient timeslot than the usual playoff 3 p.m. ET starts. The game began earlier due to the Kentucky Derby airing on NBC later in the day.

(Source: USA Today)

Stanley Cup Playoff Ratings on NBC Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 2:
1.5
April 15 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3:
1.5
April 15 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3:
2.3
April 21 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 5:
1.5
April 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6:
2.4
April 23 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 6:
2.5
April 29 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 1:
1.5
April 30 – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.9
May 6 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 4: 1.6

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
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
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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

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
Average: 1.2

Flyers/Devils Game 3 Hits New High, Blues/Kings Still Mediocre

Another night, another Stanley Cup Playoff overtime, another big number for the NBC Sports Network.

Game 3 between the Flyers and Devils on NBCSN drew 1.66 million viewers, tops for the series on cable, and the second-highest number for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on cable this post-season. The series is now averaging 1.47 million viewers on cable, and 1.81 million viewers counting in NBC’s Game 1 (2.5 million).

Locally, the series continued to set records. In Philadelphia, Game 3 averaged a 13.7 rating, a record for a semifinal game in the market. It was up 11% from Game 2 (12.4) and up 71% from the two-game average for the exclusive Flyers semifinal telecasts in 2011 (8.0).

In New York, the Devils drew a 2.1 local rating. That makes it the highest-rated Devils game ever in the market on NBC Sports Network. It’s also a 64% increase from the New Jersey victory in Game 2 (1.3).

Meanwhile, Game 3 between the Kings and Blues drew 726,000 viewers, above Game 2’s numbers on CNBC (639,000), but below Game 1’s on NBCSN (741,000). The series is currently averaging 702,000 viewers through three telecasts.

Locally, the game set a new record in Los Angeles, drawing a 2.0 rating, which was up 142% from Game 1 (0.8). The numbers for St. Louis were not available.

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
2.
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
3. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
4. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
5. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 1.29 million
6. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
7. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
8. Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 984,000
9. New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 867,000
10. NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 6 (4/23/12, NBCSN): 861,000

(Sources: TVBytheNumbers, NBC Sports)

Coyotes/Preds Goes Largely Unnoticed During Overtime Wednesday

You could perhaps excuse some folks for not being able to get into the game between the Coyotes and Predators on Wednesday, but the number that their tilt in Nashville drew was kind of stunningly low.

Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinal between Phoenix and Nashville drew just 231,000 viewers on CNBC Wednesday, marking the second-lowest numbers of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The numbers can be explained with the game ending before the Rangers-Capitals triple-overtime classic did (while drawing 1.9 million viewers), but still, to get that low a numbers is somewhat shocking.

Coyotes/Predators return to NBC Sports Network for at least the next two games, so numbers should be a bit larger.

(Source: Son of the Bronx)

Rangers/Caps Triple OT Classic Draws 1.9 million

The first triple-overtime game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs drew big numbers on NBC Sports Network.

Game 3 between the Rangers and Capitals drew 1.85 million viewers last night on NBCSN, easily topping Game 2 of the series as the most watched game of the playoffs on cable. According to my numbers, Game 3 is the second most-watched non-Final game ever on NBCSN/VERSUS/OLN, save for Bruins/Lightning Game 7 last year. It beats out all other games from last year’s playoffs, and last year’s second round. This would make it the second most-watched non-Stanley Cup game since the lockout on cable.

Locally, the game scored record ratings in New York, where it drew a 3.99, highest for any NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, VERSUS or OLN in the market. It was also up 93% from VERSUS’ exclusive broadcasts of the Rangers/Penguins series in 2008, the last time New York made it to the semifinals. In Washington DC, the game drew a 6.8, up 6% over the exclusive broadcasts from last year’s Lightning/Capitals semifinal series.

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
2. 
Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 1.53 million
3. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
4. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 1.29 million
5. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
6. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million
7. Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 984,000
8. New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 7 (4/26/12, NBCSN): 867,000
9. NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 6 (4/23/12, NBCSN): 861,000
10. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1 (4/11/12, NBCSN): 847,000

(Source: TVBytheNumbers, NBC Sports)