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Watching Saturday’s Outdoor Game

from Anthomy Crupi at Yahoo,

Intense sunshine and deteriorating ice conditions effectively robbed the NHL of some one million TV impressions, as Saturday’s outdoor game in Lake Tahoe couldn’t hold up under the strain of an eight-hour delay.

According to Nielsen data, NBC’s broadcast of the first period of the Colorado Avalanche-Las Vegas Golden Knights game averaged 1.36 million viewers and a 0.8 household rating before the bright winter sun turned the makeshift rink into a giant Slush Puppie. Play was halted at 12:55 p.m. PT, and by the time the ice was fit to play on again, it was two minutes past midnight on the East Coast and the action had shifted from NBC to its cable sibling NBCSN.

The remaining two periods averaged 361,000 viewers, or 995,000 fewer fans than were tuned in when the puck dropped the previous afternoon. The Avalanche won 3-2.


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TreKronor's avatar

I tuned in for the first few minutes to check out the scenery, it was really cool and made for some amazing shots. 

I turned it back on in the evening when they started the 2nd period and watched 5 mins or so.  The shadows were still pretty bad and I was struggling to keep up with the puck, though it could have been from it being late and a few glasses of Old Forester. 

Pretty great setting though, I think it was my favorite of the outdoor games.  I was at the Big House for the Wings/Toronto game and it was cool, but it was also miserably cold and wet so I might just have repressed memories from that experience.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/23/21 at 04:42 PM ET

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