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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 8, 2018 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 6.714 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 5 in 16 years and up 51% vs. last year, according to Fast National Data by the Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup in team history last night with a 4-3 victory over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 5, 2018 – Despite last night’s Game 4 blowout, in which the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., the 2018 Stanley Cup Final is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.443 million viewers through the first four games across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched Final in three years, according to Fast National data by the Nielsen Company and streaming data by Adobe Analytics.

Capitals-Golden Knights is up 5% vs. last year’s Nashville-Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Final (4.232 million), and up 30% vs. the first four games of the 2016 SCF between San Jose and Pittsburgh (3.414 million).

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Watching Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 31, 2018 – Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final last night between the Washington Capitals and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights set numerous consumption records across NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, including:

  •  the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on NBCSN in three years;
  •  the most-watched primetime program on NBCSN in three years;
  •  NBCSN ranking No. 1 across all of television among Adults 18-49;
  •  Total Audience Delivery (TAD) increases of 16% and 47%, respectively, vs. the 2017 and 2016 Stanley Cup Final Game 2s;
  •  the most-streamed NHL game ever;
  •  and the highest-rated NHL game on NBCSN for both Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

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Watching Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

via NBC Sports press release,

GAME 1 OVERNIGHT RATING UP 7% VS. 2017; VEGAS AND WASHINGTON SET LOCAL MARKET RECORDS

  • Last night’s Game 1 of the Washington-Vegas Stanley Cup Final on NBC delivered a 3.72 overnight rating, the bestovernight for a Game 1 in three years, since 2015 with Chicago-Tampa Bay (4.23).
  • Game 1’s overnight rating (3.72) was up vs. both last year’s Game 1 with Nashville-Pittsburgh (+7%; 3.49) and 2016’s SCF Game 1 with San Jose-Pittsburgh (+36%; 2.73).
  • Las Vegas’ 28.1 local rating stands as the highest rating for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, surpassing this year’s deciding Game 5 of the Western Conference Final vs. Winnipeg on NBC (17.9).
  • With a 16.0 local rating in Washington D.C., Game 1 was the highest-rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping this year’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay on NBCSN (12.6).

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Watching The 2nd Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs On The NBC Sports Group Stations

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 8, 2018 – Through Sunday, May 6, viewership for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best on record and up 19% vs. last year, averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.547 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. In addition, the TAD for the entire 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues to be the best in six years, and is up 10% vs. 2017.

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Watching The NBC Sports Group

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2018 – With compelling matchups, overtime thrillers, and refreshing storylines, NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 891,000 viewers, the best in six years through the third Sunday of the playoffs. Coverage on NBCSN is averaging a TAD of 780,000 viewers, the best viewership on record for the time period. NBC is averaging 1.975 million viewers, the network’sbest since 2014. Live streaming for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

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Watching The NBC Sports Group During The First Round

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 26, 2018 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the First Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 769,000 viewers, its best First Round viewership in six years. Last night’s Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins averaged a TAD of 1.484 million viewers, making it the best First Round game ever on NBCSN.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2018 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs On The NBC Sports Group Of Stations

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2018 – With compelling matchups, outstanding performances, and intriguing storylines, viewership for the first five days of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is the best in four years and up 5% over 2017.

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NBC Sports Group’s Broadcast Plans For The First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2018 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins with three first-round games on Wednesday night, the first night of two months of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey – and “There’s Nothing Like Playoff Hockey.”

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The NBC Sports Group Announces Their Plans For The 2017-18 NHL Season

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 31, 2017 – Coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Final without an Original Six team on record, NBC Sports Group is scheduled to present 99 NHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 season, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins host the St. Louis Blues. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.

“We’re proud to offer our most diverse NHL schedule ever to fans across the country,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President of Production, NBC Sports. “From classic rivalries and historic franchises, to young stars such as Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, a hockey-crazed market in Nashville, and a new franchise in Vegas, this schedule represents our commitment to present the NHL’s diverse and emerging stars, teams, and stories.”

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 12, 2017 – The six-game 2017 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators produced a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.762 million average viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record without an Original Six team, according to Fast National Ratings from The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Game 6 on NBC, which the Pittsburgh Penguins won by a score of 2-0 on Sunday night to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998, averaged a TAD of 7.086 million viewers, up 29% vs. last year’s Cup-clinching Game 6 on NBC featuring Pittsburgh and San Jose (5.476 million).

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Watching The NBC Sports Group - First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 25, 2017 – On the strength of a record 18 overtime games, dazzling performances by young stars like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, and side-by-side coverage for the first time in local markets, NBC Sports Group’s Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of the first round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 742,000 viewers, up 4% vs 2016 (713,000 viewers).

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NBC Sports Group Announces Second Round Schedule

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2017 – Coming off a Stanley Cup Playoff first round that saw a record 18 games require overtime, NBC Sports Group has announced its second-round telecast schedule and game commentary pairings through Game 4.

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Celebrate Hockey Day In America On Sunday

STAMFORD, Conn.  – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features that explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.  

Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBC’s HDIA presentation continues at 3:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.

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What Do You Think Of The NBC Sports Group Studio Show?

 

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NBC Sports Group Coverage Of The 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 26, 2017 – NBC Sports surrounds 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., with comprehensive live coverage on NBCSN and NBC, culminating with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, the first network-television broadcast of the event since 2004.

Wall-to-wall coverage begins tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with The NHL100, as the league unveils its 100 greatest players of all-time to coincide with its Centennial celebration in 2017. Saturday’s All-Star coverage is highlighted by the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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NBC Sports Group And Their NHL Legacy

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 29, 2016 – With the NHL beginning its celebration of its Centennial season on New Year’s Day in Toronto, NBC Sports Group celebrates its storied legacy of NHL television coverage. NBC Sports Group has been the exclusive U.S. national broadcast partner of the NHL since 2005, and the network is woven into the fabric of U.S. hockey coverage, dating back more than 75 years.

In honor of the NHL’s Centennial celebration, following is a look back at some of NBC Sports’ historic NHL moments.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 13, 2016 – The six-game 2016 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks averaged nearly 4 million viewers (3.948 million), making it the most-watched non-Original Six series in 15 years, according to Fast National Ratings by The Nielsen Company.

Game 6, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins won their first Stanley Cup since 2009 with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., averaged 5.407 million viewers, making it NBC’s most-watched non-Original Six Stanley Cup Final game ever. The game is expected to win the night in the advertiser-coveted P18-49 demo (1.9) among broadcast networks when the final numbers are confirmed tomorrow.

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Ratings And Advertising Talk For The NBC Sports Group

from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable,

Without a team from Chicago, New York or Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2011, Seth Winter, executive VP of sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group, knew heading into the final round that it was going to be tough to come close to last season’s record viewership that averaged 5.6 million viewers for the six game series....

Winter says while the lack of a major market city team may hold down the ratings, the NHL audience has still been an attractive one for marketers who want to reach millennial men.

“The NHL has one of the youngest, most upscale audiences among all the sports." And he adds, it’s been an “attractive environment for auto advertisers.”

Lexus, Mercedes, GM, Chevy and Chrysler are among the auto advertisers, along with official sponsor Honda, who have bought time during the season and into the playoffs.

Other strong categories throughout the season and playoffs have been quick service restaurants, insurance, and technology.

Despite the soft Final ratings, Winter says the hockey season on the NBCU networks as a whole “has been very good once again,” adding that “we have already generated a lot of advertiser renewals for next season.”

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson

 

If you missed the release from NBC, read it here.

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NBC Sports Group Plans For The Upcoming Season

STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 27, 2015 – Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Schedule highlights include:

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Bob McKenzie And Darren Dreger Added To NBC Lineup

via Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,

NBC Sports has bulked up its hockey coverage with a pair of solid hires from Canada. The network has added Bob McKenzie, the longtime TSN Hockey Insider, as a full-time contributor. McKenzie will appear regularly on NBC and NBCSN including as an in-studio contributor to NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts. He’ll also do on-site commentary at NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Final, and NHL draft. NBC has also added TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. McKenzie and Dreger will continue in their respective roles for TSN in Canada.

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Wanted! More Hockey Talks In The States

from Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing,

NBC holds a monopoly on hockey in the United States. They control both the sport’s broadcast and cable television partners. They also own a share in the NHL Network, the supposed 24-hour, all-hockey, all-the-time channel. Yet, why is it that no one owns hockey talk in this country during the day, or even during the afternoon?

Though we can all agree that NBC’s coverage is professionally done, regardless of how you feel about its personalities, there is just little done with them beyond the games and their pre- and post-shows, especially since the network dumped its late night highlights show after 2012-13. Why not have Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on throughout the day, or give second-string guys Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter some more reps with an afternoon talk show? The network has an appealing host in Liam McHugh, why not see if hockey fans will follow him to a show earlier in the day?

A simple solution: add a third hour of NHL Network’s two-hour daily talk show, NHL Live, from 4-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It’ll fill some time previously used by hunting and fishing, can easily be pre-empted for mid-week soccer, and is already fairly cheaply done and has personnel in place. Plus, you get an hour every day to pitch NHL Network to potential subscribers who’ve maybe soured on the channel from some of the fans who have access to it giving negative reviews.

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Watching NBC Sports Group

via NBC Sports Group press release,

RANGERS-CANADIENS GAME 5 IS MOST-WATCHED NHL GAME EVER IN NEW YORK ON NBC/NBCSN

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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Watching The Conference Finals

via NBC Sports Group release,

Yesterday’s Western Conference Final Game 1 between Los Angeles and Chicago (3-6 p.m. ET) delivered a 1.9 overnight rating on NBC, up 90% from the comparable game two years ago (Phoenix-Los Angeles, 1.0). There was no comparable game last year.

Chicago drew a 15.9 HH rating, its second-best Conference Final rating ever on NBC, behind only last year’s primetime game (Los Angeles-Chicago, 19.6, 6/8/13). Los Angeles posted a 2.1 HH rating.

On Saturday afternoon, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens (1-3:45 p.m. ET) drew a 1.2 overnight rating. New York delivered a 3.2 HH rating.

NBC was the No. 1 market during the respective games in Chicago and New York, and No. 2 in Los Angeles.

Viewers consumed 2.87 million minutes of yesterday’s game, the most ever for a Conference Final, up 43% vs. last year’s CF average, and the best for an unauthenticated game this season. Nearly 63,000 uniques streamed the game.

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All Liam McHugh

from Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union,

On the 30th day, the NHL rested, and so did Liam McHugh.

For the first time since the Stanley Cup playoffs began April 16, no games were played Thursday, giving McHugh, studio host for NBC Sports Group coverage, a day off....

Q: How many straight days has it been in the studio for you? Do you even count?

A: I think it's best not to count. I have a day off today, which is a rare thing, so I'm enjoying it thoroughly, doing as little as possible.

Q: You're in the studio with ex-players (Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones) who spent a lot of their playing days in the penalty box. At times, do you feel like you should wear a striped shirt and referee them?

A: My position is strategically located in that I'm never in the middle of them, just for my own personal safety. I love working with those guys. They keep me on my toes. The big thing is, they're not afraid to ever speak their minds or take the show in a different place than it was originally intended to go. It becomes a little more of a free-flowing type show. That's good for the viewer.

The beautiful thing, they get into arguments -— Jonesy and Mike, or Mike and Roenick, which happens a little more often — and everyone's friends off the set. It's one of those things that happens in the heat of the moment, it's very real, and then we all decide to move on, which is not unlike hockey, where you see guys drop the gloves, throw down and then pat each other on the butt as they're heading to the penalty box.

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Watching The NBC Sports Group In Round One Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2014 – Bolstered by the first Game 7 tripleheader in 11 years, 25 one-goal games, 14 overtime games, and a record 10 multi-goal comeback wins, the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs delivered significant viewership or consumption increases across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, a number of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product.

NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average 752,000 viewers for 46 first-round games, up 57% vs. last year’s first round (478,000 for 45 games). Home markets are blacked out on cable in the first round. Locally, a number of NBC Sports Regional Networks provided live first-round game coverage of their respective teams, with CSN Chicago and CSN Philadelphia posting record viewership. Digitally, viewers consumed nearly 58 million minutes of live streaming content on NBC Sports Live Extra, up 437% vs. last year’s first round (10.77 million).

Following are viewership and consumption highlights through the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (April 16-30):

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Watching The NBC Sports Group

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 22, 2014 – On the strength of a new playoff format that has emphasized divisional rivalries in the first round, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first five days of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs has generated significant viewership and consumption increases for its coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra, the live streaming product for NBC Sports Group.

Interest in this year’s postseason has been bolstered by:

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Giving Credit To The NBC Sports Group For Their Hockey Coverage

from Micael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’ve worked for them all, NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, CBC … and I loved them all,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, a Hall of Fame broadcaster. “The one thing they have in common is people who love hockey and want to convey that passion. Sam Flood and the NBC guys, they’ve taken full ownership. It has never been better.”

Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, is the son of a hockey coach and a former college hockey player. His mission has been to take the raw appeal of a so-called niche sport and translate it to a wider audience. To that end, he has been part of such innovations as the Winter Classic and Wednesday Night Rivalry, and he is credited for sticking Pierre McGuire behind the glass, for good or ill.

Since the Comcast-NBC merger, Flood said, “All the hockey content has come under one roof and we have the ability to create a common template and send the same message: There is a passion and enjoyment people get from this game, and it is unlike any other. We want hockey players to become as big a stars in the U.S. as they are in Canada. We can’t equal the NFL in this country, but we can expand it

The NHL is not the most enlightened enterprise, not when it locks out once every decade, eschews meaningful revenue sharing, shelters foundering franchises and imports officials from ancient Byzantium. Yet, credit must be given where it is due, and the NHL is shaping up well on the NBC Sports networks. One might even say that it is better off on NBC than in some dark corner of Bristol. Boo yah.

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NBC Sports Group NHL Coverage

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 29, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, and only the second time in the 96-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin tomorrow, in April, May and June, televising as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC (in primetime), and NHL Network. In addition, more Stanley Cup Playoff games will be live streamed than ever before.

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