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Watching NBCSN

05/16/2016 at 3:02pm EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 16, 2016 – NBCSN’s Game 1 presentations of the Western Conference Final last night and the Eastern Conference Final on Friday night, featuring the San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, delivered the second- and third-best Conference Final Game 1 overnight ratings ever on NBCSN, according to the Nielsen Company. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Conference Finals continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Lightning and Penguins.

Sunday’s Western Conference Final Game 1 between the Sharks and Blues, in which the Blues defeated the Sharks 2-1, produced a 1.26 overnight rating, second all-time out of 14 Conference Final Game 1s in NBCSN history. Friday’s Eastern Conference Final Game 1 between the Lightning and Penguins, in which the Lightning defeated the Penguins 3-1, produced a 1.24 overnight rating to rank third all-time on the network for Conference Final Game 1 matchups.

ConferenceMatchupDateOvernight Rating
Western Los Angeles-Chicago 6/1/2013 1.42
WesternSan Jose-St. Louis5/15/20161.26
EasternTampa Bay-Pittsburgh5/13/20161.24
Eastern New Jersey-N.Y. Rangers 5/14/2012 1.23
Eastern Carolina-Pittsburgh 5/18/2009 1.19

The Sharks-Blues 1.26 overnight rating was driven by a 17.4 rating in St. Louis, to rank as the highest-rated Blues game ever on the networks of NBCU in the St. Louis market. The game delivered a 4.5 rating in San Jose to rank as the second-highest rated Sharks conference final game on NBCSN in the market (behind 5/20/11 vs. Vancouver; 4.8). The Lightning-Penguins 1.24 overnight rating was propelled by a 17.9 rating in Pittsburgh and a 7.4 rating in Tampa; NBCSN was the top network overall in both markets during the game.

Round 2 of the 2016 NHL Playoffs, which ended last Thursday, averaged 1.265 million viewers across NBC/NBCSN/USA/CNBC, up 4% from Round 2 coverage in 2015 (1.219 million; 22 games). Across all 70 First and Second Round games on NBC/NBCSN/USA/CNBC, the 2016 NHL Playoffs have averaged 905,000 viewers, up 4% vs. the comparable period of the 2015 NHL Playoffs (873,000; 68 games).

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