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Buffalo viewers spur NHL ratings: Viewership of 2017 Honda All-Star Game on NBC up 42%

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Mon, Jan 30th 2017 06:20 pm

NBC Sports' presentation of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game averaged a total audience delivery (TAD) of 2.28 million viewers across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms, according to Fast National data released by The Nielsen Company, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The NBC-only broadcast on Sunday averaged 2.262 million viewers, up 42 percent vs. the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on NBCSN (1.595 million), and up 46 percent vs. NBC's 2015-16 NHL regular-season average (1.545 million). This year's game (3:39-7 p.m. ET), which marked the event's return to network television, was the most-watched NHL All-Star Game since 2004, and delivered a 1.32 household rating, up 47 percent vs. 2016 (0.90; NBCSN).

Viewership of the game peaked in the 6:45-7 p.m. quarter hour, as more than 2.5 million viewers (2.529 million) watched the Metropolitan Division, led by Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, All-Star Game MVP Wayne Simmonds, and head coach Wayne Gretzky, defeat the Pacific Division by a score of 4-3 in the championship game.

This year marked the second iteration of the 3-on-3 tournament format to the All-Star Game, inspired by the league's 3-on-3 overtime format, which began last season.

Following are the top 10 markets for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game:

 

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