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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 7 yielded ratings record

Via Paul, from NBC Sports:

BLACKHAWKS-RED WINGS GAME 7 POSTS 2.07 RATING, HIGHEST-RATED NHL GAME EVER ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

3.354 Million Viewers Surpasses All Previous NHL Regular-Season and Non- Stanley Cup Final Games on NBC Sports Network

Chicago Sets Record with 17.21 Local Rating; Detroit Posts 14.96

Conference Semifinals Average 1.5 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Semifinals Ever Across Broadcast and Cable (Since 1994)

NEW YORK – May 30, 2013 – Last night’s Western Conference Semifinal Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings posted a 2.07 rating and averaged 3.354 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, and the most-watched Semifinal game ever on cable (data available since 1994).

 

The game, won 2-1 in overtime by the Blackhawks, is the highest-rated non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002 (Detroit-Colorado, 5/29/02: 2.09) and was up 109 percent vs. last year’s sole Semifinal Game 7 rating (Washington-NY Rangers, 0.99). Average viewership was up 99 percent (3.354 vs. 1.684).

The telecast peaked at a 2.83 rating and 4.613 million viewers between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. ET.

TOP 5 MOST-WATCHED NHL GAMES IN NBC SPORTS NETWORK HISTORY

RATING GAME  DATE

2.07 Detroit-Chicago May 29, 2013

1.97* Philadelphia-Chicago June 2, 2010

1.83* Detroit-Pittsburgh June 4, 2009

1.69* Detroit-Pittsburgh June 2, 2009

1.66* Philadelphia-Chicago June 4, 2010

*Stanley Cup Final

LOCALS

In Chicago, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 17.21 HH rating, the highest local rating ever in the market for an NHL game on NBC Sports Network. The telecast was up 144 percent from the Blackhawks 2010 Conference Semifinal exclusive average on NBC Sports Network in the market (7.04). NBC Sports Network was the No. 1 network overall in Chicago during the 8-11:15 p.m. ET time period.

In Detroit, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 14.96 HH rating. The game was up 39 percent from the Red Wings 2011 Conference Semifinal average on NBC Sports Network in the market (10.78). NBC Sports Network was the No. 1 rated cable network in Detroit during the 8-11:15 p.m. ET time period.

TOP 5 HIGHEST-RATED MARKETS

MARKET RATING

Chicago17.21

Detroit 14.96

Pittsburgh 6.24

Buffalo 5.16

Boston 4.47

SHARKS-KINGS GAME 7

Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on NBC Sports Network averaged 1.4 million viewers and was the most-watched Western Conference Semifinal game not involving Chicago or Detroit, since 2001 (Colorado-Los Angeles, 4/30/01: 1.7 million). The telecast peaked with 2 million viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals on NBC averaged 2.347 million viewers, up 27 percent vs. last year (1.846 million). Coverage of the Conference Semifinals on NBC Sports Network averaged 1.435 million viewers, up 12 percent vs. last year (1.286 million). CNBC averaged 1.365 million viewers, up 207 percent vs. last year (444,000).

The 2013 Conference Semifinals on NBC Sports Network and CNBC averaged 1.4 million viewers, up 20 percent in average viewership compared to last year (1,431,000 vs. 1,188,000) and were the most-watched on cable ever (data available since 1994).

In addition, the 24 NHL Semifinal Games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC combined to average 1.5 million viewers, and were the most-watched Conference Semifinals ever across broadcast and cable (data available since 1994).

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w2j2's avatar

It’s too bad the Wings could not win game 7 and leave all those Chicago fans sad.

vampire

Posted by w2j2 on 05/31/13 at 12:03 AM ET

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I’m sure someone is going to say this is another reason Chicago deserved to win, because they brought in all the ratings, not Detroit.

George, did you get ANY sleep today??

Posted by Bugsy on 05/31/13 at 12:09 AM ET

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4 hours between 7 AM and 12 PM, and then I more or less collapsed at 5 PM and woke up at 11. I’m gonna sleep tonight.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/31/13 at 12:18 AM ET

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And as so many Wings fans will say, “A THIRD OF US WATCHED THE CBC ANYWAY!”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/31/13 at 12:24 AM ET

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And as so many Wings fans will say, “A THIRD OF US WATCHED THE CBC ANYWAY!”

I wish I could,.... A past his prime Bob Cole would have been still worth it to hear live, with the original curtain suit man (no, really, look up on youtube for how he picks out the materials for his suits) Don Cherry after the 1st period. At least I got to see the rebroadcast of one game.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/31/13 at 12:54 AM ET

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A past his prime Bob Cole would have been still worth it to hear live

Yeah, it would have.  Unfortunately Bob Cole does not call games live.  He starts to slowly call an exciting play and by the time he’s in the middle of his sentence, the play is over and the puck is at the other end of the ice.  Does he finish his thought?  No, he starts in the middle of the next thought.

But I will admit, I prefer that to having to watch NBC…

Posted by Garth on 05/31/13 at 08:43 AM ET

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yeah bob’s gotten a little rough to listen to.  “datsyuk (anderson) dishes off to nyquist (brunner)...” despite that, it’s still better than listening to the stooges on versus/nbc sports/whatever.

Posted by syndrome on 05/31/13 at 01:32 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/31/13 at 01:54 PM ET

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And as so many Wings fans will say, “A THIRD OF US WATCHED THE CBC ANYWAY!”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/31/13 at 12:24 AM ET

Damn straight. The only time I’ll watch the NHL on NBC is if I’m at the pub. Thank (insert your deity here) for the interwebs.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/31/13 at 02:12 PM ET

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