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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2013 – Saturday night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 averaged 3.964 million viewers on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), making it the most-watched NHL game in the network’s history (since 2006), the most-watched Game 2 on cable in 16 years, and the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable in 11 years, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company.
NEW YORK - February 15, 2013 - NBC Sports Group will celebrate Hockey Day In America with fans by inviting viewers to share photos of how they are spending the day in their hometown. Using the hashtag #HockeyDay, fans will be able to share photos, via Twitter, of celebrations at home, ice rinks and at arenas across the country. Select images will be retweeted by NBC Sports’ NHL Twitter account @NHLONNBCSPORTS and shared on-air during NBC and NBC Sports Network’s nine hours of Hockey Day In America coverage.
NEW YORK — Jan. 13, 2013 — NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.
Coverage begins the weekend of Jan. 19-20 with the NBC Sports Group presenting four games over two days, three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. Additional scheduling highlights include the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup championship banner raising, a Hockey Day in America tripleheader, and the start of rivalry nights on Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. According to the National Hockey League, which released the schedule today, all games will be intra-conference with an emphasis on divisional play.
“It’s been very challenging and very frustrating. We never had any indication that this situation with the NHL was going to last until January. It was always our understanding that this was going to be a tweak and a fix.”
-Jon Miller, president of programming at NBCSN on the NHL lockout. More about NBCSN from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
For one thing, ratings for the playoffs as a whole are up. More than 70 million “unique” viewers tuned in across North America over the first three rounds, an increase over last year, although (John) Collins couldn’t give an exact percentage. Almost twice as many Americans were watching compared to Canadians (the number was 44 million compared to 23 million through two rounds).
Collins said the league is thrilled with the Kings’ popularity in a tough market, the second largest — behind New York — in the United States. The area around the Staples Centre has been packed on game days with party revellers.
“We’ve been able to pick up a big, important media market in every playoffs (the last few years) and light that place up as a hockey market,” said Collins. “I feel like that’s happening in Los Angeles. It’s not just hockey fans who are into the Kings story, it’s the entire market.”
While NBC’s ratings for the Cup final are down compared to last year, the network rules the L.A. market on nights when it shows Kings games. NBC Sports Network — a cable network — was the top-rated network overall in Los Angeles for the 8-11 p.m. time period during Game 4.
via Cork Gaines of Business Insider,
The NHL as well as NBC knew the ratings would be bad. But it has nothing to do with people not being able to find the game. Anybody that is looking for the Stanley Cup Finals is not going to give up just because they don’t know where NBCSN is on their TV guide.
The problem is that the NBCSN is not yet part of the surfing rotation for the casual sports fan just looking for live sports to watch. And this is what NBC and the NHL are trying to change.
Both the NHL and NBC need the NBCSN to succeed. And that will only happen by pushing premier live sporting events to the young network. And as long as NBC keeps pushing premier events to the NBCSN, eventually casual fans will start migrating that way and ratings will rise.
On another note, my 86 year-old uncle missed game 1 of the SCF, he didn’t realize it was NBC instead of NBCSN.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Pierre McGuire, NBC’s “Inside the Glass” hockey reporter, declined Tuesday to go beyond what he shared with his TV audience about the Game 4 argument between coaches John Tortorella of the Rangers and Peter DeBoer of the Devils - which wasn’t much.
“They weren’t having an amiable conversation about what they were going to do for dinner in the summer,” he said. “It was two guys venting, but never once did they challenge one another to a fight or say anything like, ‘I’ll get you down the road.’ Nothing ever that I thought was truly inappropriate.”
McGuire was uniquely qualified to convey the details, since he was positioned directly between the coaches. (Glenn Healy, his Canadian counterpart at CBC, was off to the side.)
But having muted the sound on his microphone to prevent profanities from being heard on national TV, he also decided that the language used in the exchange made it unsuitable for repeating.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
There have been numerous press releases from both the NHL and the NBC sports network trumpeting the increase in viewers in these playoffs in the U.S. and the numbers only lie when you really want them too.
Of course much of the success, perhaps the lion’s share of these increases, is directly due to the increase in penetration in places where hockey hasn’t been a steady diet in the U.S. other than the full network weekend telecasts.
Having been in four different hotels in California the past month your agent can assure Canadian fans that the days without hockey while in the contiguous U.S. states are at an end, at least until this present 10 year agreement runs out which won’t be for another nine seasons. Every time you turn on your television there is the NBC Sports network front and centre when you couldn’t find Versus with a private investigator in those same regions in the past. No longer do you have to ferret out the closest sports bar and check to see whether they carry the hockey game. It seems to be everywhere which is something the sport didn’t have before, perhaps ever.
Even when the NHL was on ESPN, if another big event came along which conflicted with a crucial game, hockey would be bumped to ESPN2 which didn’t have anywhere near the penetration it does now. So for early playoffs and regular season, this coverage American fans are presently enjoying is perhaps the best ever and the numbers are there. And for that reason the thumbs have to go up with respect to the success of this deal. In fact, a lot of good things have been happening with respect to television revenues and penetration ever since the league got it’s act together with the Winter Sports classic and carried that momentum forward with this contract. After all these years, it’s great to see some success.
NEW YORK – May 14, 2012 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first two rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged 1.06 million viewers, making the Conference Quarterfinals and Conference Semifinals the most-watched first two rounds on record (sine 1994, when cable program data started). On NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, the 2012 Conference Semifinals averaged 1.32 million viewers, making them the most-watched Conference Semifinals on record. More than 39 million total viewers have watched the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, up 23% vs. last year (32.2).