Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round Viewership Up 48% on NBCSN

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Thanks in part to exclusivity and close games, viewership has risen by nearly 50% for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Network.

Second round coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 1.227 million viewers on NBC Sports Network through Monday, up 48% from last year (830K). Keep in mind all second round telecasts on NBCSN this year are exclusive, whereas several games last year were blacked out in local markets.

On Monday, Game 5 of the Capitals/Rangers second round series earned 1.65 million viewers on NBCSN, up 143% from Canucks/Predators Game 6 on the comparable night a year earlier (679K).

The game drew a 4.32 rating in New York, the highest ever for an NHL telecast on NBCSN in the market.

One night earlier, Game 4 of the Flyers/Devils series drew 1.633 million — virtually flat compared to Red Wings/Sharks Game 5 last year (1.627M).

The game drew a 2.37 in New York, the highest ever for a Devils telecast on NBCSN in the market.

(Semifinal averages from NBC Sports Group press release; additional information from TV By the Numbers, Son of the Bronx)

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  • Chris Pee

    I have Dish Network, which claims to offer NBCSN, which they call NBCSP for some reason, and claim is located on channel 151.  One problem though, there is no channel 151 on Dish Network.  Maybe the ratings would be even higher if people actually had access to NBCSN.  Why would NBC move games 3 and 4 from their main network anyway?  It’s not like they have anything else worth watching.