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Watching NBC Sports Group

via NBC Sports Group press release,


Although national figures are not yet complete for last night’s game, local figures for New York are available. With a 7.1 HH rating, New York delivered its best NHL rating ever on NBC or NBCSN, which was the No. 1 network in the market during game.

Additional viewership notes:

• Montreal/NY Rangers has averaged 1.577 million viewers across three NBCSN games, up +24% from Montreal/Philadelphia in 2010, the last time an Eastern Conference Final included one Canadian team (also three cable games).

• The combined NBC/NBCSN average (one broadcast, three cable) for this year’s ECF is 1.542 million viewers, up +3% among average viewers (1.496 million) in 2010, the last with a Canadian team. Last year’s ECF, which featured two U.S. teams, (Bos/Pit) averaged 2.939 million viewers.

• The Western Conference Final telecasts (LA/Chi) are averaging 2.031 million viewers, up 12% vs. last year (1.819 million, 2013, LA/Chi).

• Overall, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC are averaging 1.092 million viewers, up 15% vs. 2013 (947,000).

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awould's avatar

As someone who doesn’t know jack about what tv viewer stats mean, is there anyone who can shed some light on how these numbers stack up against the NBA on TNT or ESPN? Or the common crap on ESPN?

Posted by awould on 05/28/14 at 03:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

awould, here are the comparable numbers from Sunday…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/28/14 at 04:28 PM ET

awould's avatar

So, basically, the NBA crushes the NHL and ESPN gets nearly as many viewers showing one of 8000 regular season baseball games. A long way to go.

Posted by awould on 05/28/14 at 04:39 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep a, it isn’t very hard to spin a press release into a positive one.  That is why I don’t post many of these types of releases.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/28/14 at 04:41 PM ET

Primis's avatar

One other thing:  The ratings system is unbelievably flawed.  They take tiny, miniscule sample sizes and then try to scale them to represent the full population.

People gripe about sample sizes sometimes with sports stats.  Well, think that… only on an even stupider scale.  That’s the TV ratings system basically.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/14 at 10:54 PM ET

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