Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flyers - Blackhawks do record ratings

NEW YORK (June 1, 2010) – NBC Sports’ coverage of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final earned the best overnight rating (4.1 rating and 7 share) for a Game 2 on record (NHL overnight data prior to 1975 is unavailable) and was up 21 percent over last year (3.4, Game 2, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh). The broadcast peaked at a 4.7/8 from 10:30-11 p.m. ET. The Chicago market delivered a 25.1/39, while Philadelphia earned an 18.5/29.

 The Stanley Cup Final on NBC again won the night, as it did Saturday for Game 1, finishing No. 1 in primetime (2.4, Adults 18-49).

  “These  historic viewership numbers are the result of compelling stories and  great  play  on the ice, two markets on fire for their teams, terrific coverage by our North American television partners, and a season’s worth of unprecedented  fan  engagement on multiple platforms across North America,”
said NHL COO John Collins.

  Last night’s milestone comes on the heels of healthy ratings for Game 1, which earned the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share was the highest since 1999 (Buffalo vs.
Dallas, 3.7 on Fox).

  Canada also scored big during Game 1 of the Final with CBC achieving an average audience of 3.16 million, an 83-percent increase from Game 1 in 2009.

  NBC’s two-game average overnight rating is a 3.5, the best for the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final in 11 years (3.8 on Fox in 1999, Buffalo vs. Dallas) and up 17 percent over last year (3.0).

  Top 10 Markets for First Two Games on NBC
  1. Chicago – 21.0
  2. Philadelphia – 15.9
  3. Buffalo – 8.8
  4. Pittsburgh – 4.5
  5. Indianapolis – 4.0
  6. Detroit – 3.8
  7. Ft. Myers – 3.5
  8. Las Vegas – 3.3
  T9. Orlando – 3.2
  T9. Columbus – 3.2
  T9. St. Louis – 3.2
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