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Watching SCF Game 1

NEW YORK – May 30, 2010—Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).

The game—broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend—also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).
Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.

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Francis at ShootShoot.net's avatar

I opted to watch the game on NBC, as oppose to CBC, which is probably what most of Canada was watching. I don’t meant to speak bad about the CBC, they’re a great Canadian television station, but NBC just seems like a higher caliber broadcast, from the commentators to the analysis between periods. There’s something about CBC that seems, i don’t know, old-school.

Posted by Francis at ShootShoot.net on 05/30/10 at 04:02 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I sincerely wish the center ice package came with an option to watch CBC broadcasts for the NBC games. I MUCH prefer CBC. They haven’t hired Pierre “the douche canoe” McGuire.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/31/10 at 01:10 AM ET


The American telecasts are too locked into the same talking heads.  Good or bad they get over exposed to the point that you get tired of their voices.  CBC seems to use a few crews so you get a different look an some games.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/31/10 at 11:20 AM ET

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