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NBC confirms that Sunday’s Red Wings-Hawks game was 2nd-most viewed NBC game ever

5 Mar

from the NHL and NBC Sports:

SUNDAY’S NHL COVERAGE SCORES RECORD RATINGS FOR NBC AND NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Blackhawks-Red Wings Earns 1.6 Overnight, Best Ever for Single-Game Regular-Season Coverage on NBC, Excluding Winter Classics

Canadiens-Bruins Draws 813,000 Viewers, Best Ever for Sunday Night Regular-Season Game on NBC Sports Network

Boston & Chicago Set Local Ratings Records

NEW YORK – March 5, 2013 – Sunday’s NHL coverage of two competitive games, which featured the Chicago Blackhawks victory over the Detroit Red Wings on NBC, and the Montreal Canadiens win versus the Boston Bruins on NBC Sports Network, resulted in the former setting a regular-season overnight ratings record for single-game coverage, excluding Winter Classics, and the latter posting a viewership record for Sunday night telecasts. The records continue a trend for the 2013 NHL season, as NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage has set numerous ratings and viewership marks this season.

BLACKHAWKS-RED WINGS

NBC’s coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks dramatic 2-1 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings (12:30-3:15 p.m. ET) resulted in a 1.6 overnight rating, the best-ever for a single regular-season game (excluding Winter Classics) and up 60% vs. last year’s same-weekend coverage (1.0, Bos-NYR). The Blackhawks extended their season-starting point streak to 22 straight games with the win. Final ratings and viewership will be available later this week.

Locally, the Chicago market delivered a 9.7 rating, the market’s best-ever for a NHL regular-season game on NBC, with the exception of the 2009 Winter Classic, which was played at Wrigley Field — also between the Blackhawks and Red Wings — and drew an 11.8 rating in Chicago.

CANADIENS-BRUINS

NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night averaged 813,000 viewers, making it:

the most-watched Sunday night regular-season game in the network’s history*;
the most-watched regular-season game featuring a Canadian team on cable in nearly 13 years;
the fifth-most watched NHL regular-season game overall on NBC Sports Network.

The previous Sunday night record was 664,000 viewers for a game last year between the Bruins and Rangers (4/1/12). Sunday night’s game, which posted a 0.47 U.S. household rating, surpassed the Wednesday Night Rivalry contest played between the same two teams on Feb. 6 (771,000) of this year. Canadiens-Bruins is the most-watched game involving a Canadian team in NBC Sports Network history and on cable in nearly 13 years (12/27/00, ESPN2, Tor-Pit, 1.046 million).

In Boston, the market delivered a 9.26 HH rating, its best-ever rating for a regular-season Bruins game on NBC Sports Network, which was the No. 1-rated network in Boston during the game.

Following are the most-watched NHL regular-season games in NBC Sports Network history. Five of the top six are from the 2013 season:

DATE GAME VIEWERS

Jan. 23, 2013 Boston-N.Y. Rangers 956,000

Feb. 20, 2013 Philadelphia-Pittsburgh 901,000

Oct. 6, 2011 Philadelphia-Boston 874,000

Jan. 30, 2013 Chicago-Minnesota 827,000

Mar. 3, 2013 Montreal-Boston 813,000

Feb. 6, 2013 Boston-Montreal771,000

*NBC Sports Network was previously known as VERSUS (2006-2011) and OLN before that.

PROGRAMMING NOTE

The NBC Sports Network will allow NHL fans to follow the Chicago Blackhawks point streak by altering its programming schedule tonight. The network will join the Blackhawks game against the Minnesota Wild in progress (except in the home markets), following the completion of the regularly-scheduled Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game.

Franchise Record 6-0-0 Start for Blackhawks

29 Jan

The Chicago Blackhawks are red hot. Hard to believe that in 85 years of existence they have never been 6-0-0. Not even the cup winning team of a couple years ago got off to that good of a start. But here they are. However Chicago sports fans know that a team getting off to a hot start doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Bears fans would be quick to point that out.

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Next up for the Hawks is a matchup against the Wild. The Wild of course being the big name in this years offseason signings. They gave monstrous contracts to Suter and Parise then had a hardline owner in the negotiations in this years lock out. Doesn’t make sense. However they hunted the big elephants in this years free agent sweepstakes and got the trophies. Will it pan out? Let’s see. The Wild are playing well. But so are the hawks.

Speaking of the Hawks being hot. Check out this from “In the Box” by Steve Lepore.

here are the top five highest-rated Blackhawks regular season games in the history of Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.

1.Detroit vs. Chicago, 1/27/13 – 6.31
2.St. Louis vs. Chicago, 1/22/13 – 5.40
3.Chicago vs. Dallas, 1/24/13 – 5.13
4.Chicago vs. Columbus, 1/26/13 – 4.39
5.Vancouver vs. Chicago, 3/5/10 – 4.35

That’s insanity. Four of the five highest-rated regular season games in the history of their regional sports network have happened in the last week! With the Hawks undefeated, the shortened season could make Chicago one of the league’s highest-profile television markets. Who’d have thought we’d see this, when nearly 5 or 6 years ago the Blackhawks still didn’t televise home games.

*Incidentally, look for large ratings for the next Blackhawks game against the Wild. It will be carried nationally by NBC Sports Network, and won’t be blacked out in the Chicago market. With the Hawks as hot on TV as they’ve been since the advent of digital cable, and the Wild as hot as they’ve ever been in the Twin Cities, could that game draw enough national interest to match the 956,000 viewers NBCSN drew for last week’s “Wednesday Rivalry” between the Rangers and Bruins? The regional audiences will be there, but it’ll depend on whether or not folks outside those two markets deem the game worth their viewing time. I think the ratings will be big, but maybe not 956,000 big.

I was at the game Sunday night. I was pretty unhappy about the whole lockout but let me tell you it felt really great to be back watching live NHL action. I was even a little emotional when the anthem was sung and Hawk fans did the ritual cheering during the song. My girlfriend is from Canada. So she doesn’t really get the whole cheering through the anthem thing. I do. I was so happy to be back. Let’s go Hawks.

TTS

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