Jump to content

NHL TV ratings 2013: Saturday's regional coverage draws best NHL numbers since 1999


Recommended Posts

Did anyone expect this?

NBC sent out a press release today trumpeting great ratings news for various aspects of their NHL coverage. Let's go through them, shall we?

* NBC's coverage of Penguins-Flyers and Blackhawks-Kings on Saturday -- with drew the highest overnight rating since 2000 - drew the highest viewership for a non-Winter Classic regular season NHL telecast since 1999. 2.77 million viewers tuned in, the most for NHL coverage since Apr. 18, 1999, when Fox broadcast the final game of some fellow named Gretzky. Coverage peaked just after 6 p.m. ET, with 3.8 million viewers checking out the last minutes of the Penguins victory.

* NBC Sports Network began it's NHL coverage on a less than thrilling note. 260,000 people watched Blackhawks-Coyotes in the network's premiere broadcast of the season. Now, to be fair, plenty of context: the game aired at 10 p.m. ET on a Sunday, after the world had been football'd out by the conference championship games. Oh, and the game didn't air on NBCSN in Chicago, who had it regionally on CSN. NBCSN, no CSN, got it? Anyway, NBC Sports Network had their best audience ever for a regular season game in Phoenix, drawing a 1.44 rating in the market.

* Speaking of records, Monday's Red Wings-Blue Jackets game -- which was blacked out in Detroit -- drew a 2.5 in Columbus. That's a regular season record for the network, and down just barely from the 2.6 the market drew on FS Ohio for the Blue Jackets' season opener against Nashville.

* Finally, the Devils-Flyers game on Tuesday drew an 0.77 rating in the New York market. It may not seem like great shakes, but it is a record for a Devils telecast (against a team that wasn't the Rangers or Islanders) in the New York market.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...