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USA-Russia Olympic men's hockey thriller most-watched hockey game ever on NBCSN

by jmaloni

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Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:20 am

NBCSN averaged 4.1 million viewers for Saturday's USA-Russia Olympic men's hockey game (7:30-10:30 a.m.) - setting a record for the most-watched hockey game in the network's history (previous: 4.0 million for Blackhawks-Bruins in 2013 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3), according to live plus same day fast national data released by The Nielsen Company. Viewership for the game peaked at 6.4 million from 10-10:30 a.m. during the tension-laden, eight-round shootout. It is the most-watched half hour in NBCSN history.

The telecast of Team USA's memorable men's hockey victory led NBCSN to its best-ever daytime viewership (2.9 million viewers), and marked the third consecutive weekend day NBCSN set a viewership record after the first weekend's milestone opening Saturday and Sunday telecasts of the Sochi Games.

For the Sochi Games to date, NBC is averaging 23.5 million viewers and a 13.2 household rating/21 share from the opening ceremony - up 14 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the last European Winter Olympics (20.6 million viewers and 12.2/20 for 2006 Torino Games).

Top 10 metered markets for Saturday's NBC primetime coverage:

Market

HH rating/share

1. Minneapolis

15.7/29

2. Denver

14.9/29

3. Milwaukee

14.3/26

4. Salt Lake City

13.7/30

5. Ft. Myers

13.4/22

6. Kansas City

13.3/24

7. Indianapolis

13.1/22

8. Buffalo

12.9/22

T9. Boston

12.6/21

T9. Seattle

12.6/24

 

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