Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Two Nights Up Double-Digits on NBC Sports Network

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Viewership has increased by double-digits for coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).

Through two nights, coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has averaged 600,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network, up 22% from last year (490K).

On Thursday, Capitals/Bruins Game 1 drew 576,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network — up 13% from Canadiens/Bruins Game 1 last year (510K). Later in the night, Blackhawks/Coyotes Game 1 drew 499,000 viewers, up 31% from last year’s Kings/Sharks Game 1 (381K).

Over on CNBC, Sharks/Blues Game 1 drew 320,000 viewers.

Viewership For 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
First two nights
Excludes games on NHL Network

Time Game
#
Net Viewers (000) vs. ’11
Wednesday, April 11
7:30 PM Flyers/Penguins
1
NBCSN
844
+74%
8 PM Red Wings/Predators
1
CNBC
336
10:30 PM Kings/Canucks
1
NBCSN
467
-14%
Thursday, April 12
7:30 PM Capitals/Bruins
1
NBCSN
576
+13%
7:30 PM Sharks/Blues
1
CNBC
320
10 PM Blackhawks/Coyotes
1
NBCSN
499
+31%

(Thursday’s numbers from NBC Sports Group press release via Fang’s Bites; Wednesday’s numbers from The Futon Critic)

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  • drwaldo

    How are the Kings doing in the ratings locally?

    • Paulsen

       Haven’t seen anything on Kings ratings yet.

  • Tomtom Palmer

    wish the devils and panthers were visable along the east coast on cable…. I live in N.C. and would like to see that game as much as the washington game.