Rangers/Penguins Scores Mere 0.7 Overnight on NBC

Posted by | March 23, 2011 at 1:11 AM

With Sidney Crosby still sidelined and facing competition from the NCAA Tournament, overnight ratings for the NHL on NBC hit a season-low Sunday.

NBC earned a 0.7 overnight rating for the Rangers’ win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon, even with last year (NYR/BOS: 0.7), and down 30% from 2009 (PHI/PIT: 1.0).

The 0.7 overnight is the lowest of the season for an NHL telecast on NBC, and is tied as the lowest overall since Red Wings/Blackhawks in 2009 (0.6).

Of note, last year’s Rangers/Bruins game finished with a 0.5 final rating, tied as the lowest for an NHL telecast on NBC since the network reacquired rights to the league.

For some perspective, Rangers/Penguins was nearly doubled by Sunday’s coverage of the Indian Wells tennis tournament on ABC (1.3).

(Puck the Media)