Bruins-Capitals Game 6 On NBC Is Most-Watched NHL Playoff Game In 15 Years

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April 24th, 2012

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Playoff Coverage Continues Tonight with Florida-New Jersey Game 6 @ 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

(Florida leads 3-2)

Coverage begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET


Bruins-Capitals Game 6 on NBC is Most-Watched NHL Playoff Game in 15 Years

Total Viewership of NHL Playoffs on NBC, NBCSN & CNBC up 37%

NEW YORK – April 24, 2012 – Day 14 – With the Western Conference first round completed, the Eastern Conference continues with a possible elimination game tonight on the NBC Sports Network as the NBC Sports Group presents Day 14 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBC Sports Network.


Tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, the #3 Florida Panthers, leading the series 3-2, look to advance to the second round when they host the #6 New Jersey Devils. With a victory tonight, the Panthers will win their first playoff series since 1996. Tonight’s schedule (all times ET):

7:30 p.m. #3 Fla @ #6 NJ (Game 6) NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire


BRUINS-CAPITALS GAME 6 ON NBC IS MOST-WATCHED NHL PLAYOFF GAME IN 15 YEARS: The Bruins at Capitals Game 6 last Sunday on NBC drew 3.52 million viewers, making it the most-watched NHL Playoff game (excluding Stanley Cup Final games) in 15 years, since May 25, 1997 (Rangers-Flyers Conference Final game, Fox, 3.61 million viewers).

  • The 3.52 million for Bruins-Capitals is the most-watched early-round NHL Playoff game in Nielsen People Meter history (dating back to 1993).
  • Boston (16.3 rating) and Washington, D.C. (8.6) both registered the best rating for an NHL playoff game, excluding Stanley Cup Final games, in their respective local markets in Nielsen People Meter history (dating back to 1993).

VIEWERSHIP ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK UP 17%: Through 12 days, and with one Game 6 and at least two Game 7s (possibly three) remaining, average viewership of the NHL Quarterfinals on NBC Sports Network is up 17% compared to the same days last year (691,000 vs. 591,000).

TOTAL VIEWERSHIP OF NHL PLAYOFFS UP 37%: *Nearly 23 million viewers (22.76 million) have watched the NHL Playoffs on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC through Sun 4/22, up 37% from the same period last year (16.577 million).

*Please note that this data goes through Sunday, April 15 on NBC and Sunday, April 22 on NBCSN/CNBC


With all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games airing nationally for the first time, the NBC Sports Group created a channel finder to help fans find NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC or NHL Network in their area by simply entering a zip code.

Click here for the channel finder.


For the first time in the 95-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. The NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, May and June, televising as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 262.5 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.

NBC Sports Network 22
NHL Network 5

--NBC Sports Group--

  • Barbarossa

    well… In the states

  • Dave

    Great for the sport. The NHL is the most exciting best kept secret of all pro sports. I don’t care if it is not as big as the other so called sports. We have our allegiance of fans and as long as we can see the games that is what matters most. Though it is good news that the ratings are up. I don’t miss a game. Best first round in years

  • Mike

    It will be interesting to see if the NHL can maintain this pattern of gains in light of the fact that many of the traditional hockey markets are being ousted in the first round.

  • The Original J

    Great news for the NHL.

    Is there any news on the ratings for Sunday’s Flyers-Pens game six? I didn’t see it, but I might have just missed it.

  • serg

    Next year NBC should fire Trump and replace him with the NHL playoffs in primetime.

  • iggy

    Earlier Sunday, the Penguins and Flyers topped their terrific Game 3 ratings in an earlier timeslot, as Game 6?s Philadelphia clinching drew a 2.4 overnight. This was up 38% from last week’s Noon ET game (NSH/DET, G3: 1.5). It is now tied as the second-highest playoff overnight since 1998.

    (puck the media)

  • The Original J

    Thanks, iggy. That’s great news.

  • Justin Poppiti

    I think it’s great that NBC family of networks and the NHL channel are going to show all of the games.

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