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NHL Stadium Series sets viewership records across NBC and NBCSN

by jmaloni


Tue, Jan 28th 2014 10:05 am

More than 2 million viewers for Rangers-Devils from Yankee Stadium

The NHL Stadium Series matchups from iconic venues in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend set viewership records across NBC and NBCSN, continuing NBC Sports Group's strong NHL ratings this season.


Sunday's NHL Stadium Series matchup on NBC between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils from Yankee Stadium (1:27-4:30 p.m. ET) averaged 2.079 million viewers and produced a 1.3 HH rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated single NHL regular-season game ever on NBC, both excluding NHL Winter Classics, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Co.

The broadcast peaked in the 3-3:30 p.m. (1.5 HH rating and 2.299 million) half hour, which came in the second half of the Rangers' four-goal second period, as they scored six unanswered goals to defeat the Devils 7-3.

Locally, the Rangers-Devils game generated a 5.1 rating in New York, matching the highest rating in the New York market for any NHL game ever broadcast on NBC (Game 1 L.A.-N.J. Stanley Cup Final, 5/30/12). Sunday's broadcast generated the best-ever rating in the New York market for an NHL regular-season game on NBC. NBC was the No. 1 network in the New York market within the 1:30-4:30 p.m. time period.

Following are the top five markets for the Rangers-Devils NHL Stadium Series game:



1. New York


2. Buffalo


3. Boston


4. Detroit


5. Providence



Saturday night's NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings from Dodger Stadium, in which the Ducks shut out the Kings 3-0, averaged 622,000 viewers and produced a 0.35 HH rating (10:04 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET), up 139 percent against the average viewership of 2013's NHL 10 p.m. ET telecasts. The telecast peaked in the 10:30-11 p.m. (0.39 HH rating, 712,000) half hour, just as the game began and the Ducks took an early lead they would not relinquish.

Saturday's Ducks-Kings matchup produced a 2.38 rating in Los Angeles, the highest-ever rating in the L.A. market for an NHL regular-season game on NBCSN. NBCSN was the top-ranked cable network and the second-ranked network overall in the market within the 10 p.m.-1 a.m. time period (behind Univision.)

Following are the top five markets for the Ducks-Kings NHL Stadium Series game:



1. Los Angeles


2. Buffalo


3. Phoenix


4. Chicago


5. Pittsburgh



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