Blackhawks-Red Wings Game 7 Posts 2.07 Rating, Highest Rated NHL Game Ever on NBC Sports Network

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May 30th, 2013

NHL Playoffs May 29 2013

via press release:

BLACKHAWKS-RED WINGS GAME 7 POSTS 2.07 RATING, HIGHEST-RATED NHL GAME EVER ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

 

 

 

3.354 Million Viewers Surpasses All Previous NHL Regular-Season and Non- Stanley Cup Final Games on NBC Sports Network

 

Chicago Sets Record with 17.21 Local Rating; Detroit Posts 14.96

 

Conference Semifinals Average 1.5 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Semifinals Ever Across Broadcast and Cable (Since 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK – May 30, 2013 – Last night’s Western Conference Semifinal Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings posted a 2.07 rating and averaged 3.354 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, and the most-watched Semifinal game ever on cable (data available since 1994).

 

The game, won 2-1 in overtime by the Blackhawks, is the highest-rated non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002 (Detroit-Colorado, 5/29/02: 2.09) and was up 109 percent vs. last year’s sole Semifinal Game 7 rating (Washington-NY Rangers, 0.99). Average viewership was up 99 percent (3.354 vs. 1.684).

 

The telecast peaked at a 2.83 rating and 4.613 million viewers between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. ET.

 

TOP 5 MOST-WATCHED NHL GAMES IN NBC SPORTS NETWORK HISTORY

 

RATING

GAME

DATE

 

2.07

Detroit-Chicago

May 29, 2013

 

1.97*

Philadelphia-Chicago

June 2, 2010

 

1.83*

Detroit-Pittsburgh

June 4, 2009

 

1.69*

Detroit-Pittsburgh

June 2, 2009

 

1.66*

Philadelphia-Chicago

June 4, 2010

 

 

 

*Stanley Cup Final

 

 

LOCALS

 

In Chicago, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 17.21 HH rating, the highest local rating ever in the market for an NHL game on NBC Sports Network. The telecast was up 144 percent from the Blackhawks 2010 Conference Semifinal exclusive average on NBC Sports Network in the market (7.04). NBC Sports Network was the No. 1 network overall in Chicago during the 8-11:15 p.m. ET time period.

 

In Detroit, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 14.96 HH rating. The game was up 39 percent from the Red Wings 2011 Conference Semifinal average on NBC Sports Network in the market (10.78). NBC Sports Network was the No. 1 rated cable network in Detroit during the 8-11:15 p.m. ET time period.

 

TOP 5 HIGHEST-RATED MARKETS

 

MARKET

RATING

 

Chicago

17.21

 

Detroit

14.96

 

Pittsburgh

6.24

 

Buffalo

5.16

 

Boston

4.47

 

 

 

 

SHARKS-KINGS GAME 7

 

Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on NBC Sports Network averaged 1.4 million viewers and was the most-watched Western Conference Semifinal game not involving Chicago or Detroit, since 2001 (Colorado-Los Angeles, 4/30/01: 1.7 million). The telecast peaked with 2 million viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.

 

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

 

The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals on NBC averaged 2.347 million viewers, up 27 percent vs. last year (1.846 million). Coverage of the Conference Semifinals on NBC Sports Network averaged 1.435 million viewers, up 12 percent vs. last year (1.286 million). CNBC averaged 1.365 million viewers, up 207 percent vs. last year (444,000).

 

The 2013 Conference Semifinals on NBC Sports Network and CNBC averaged 1.4 million viewers, up 20 percent in average viewership compared to last year (1,431,000 vs. 1,188,000) and were the most-watched on cable ever (data available since 1994).

 

In addition, the 24 NHL Semifinal Games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC combined to average 1.5 million viewers, and were the most-watched Conference Semifinals ever across broadcast and cable (data available since 1994).

 

 

 

 
  • SS

    So what were CBC’s ratings? Can we even get those? Half the people in Detroit don’t get NBCsports and many of those probably watched it on CBC.

  • Joseph

    SS:

    The same can be said about Buffalo, Burlington/Plattsburgh, much of Downeast Maine, Duluth, and Seattle.

    I suspect the game dominated Canadian TV viewing, and the CBC’s broadcast probably did very well in those border areas.

    In fact, the reason Buffalo got an NHL team in 1970 was that in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Saturday-night Toronto Maple Leafs games televised on the CBC station in Toronto routinely drew more viewers than any of Buffalo’s own TV stations. The league realized that there would be a market for NHL hockey in Buffalo.

    Even with the Buffalo Sabres having played for 42 season, there is still to this day a strong fan base for the Leafs in upstate New York.

  • Matt

    The CBC rating in Detroit was a 5.6

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