Stanley Cup Playoffs: Series-High For Rangers/Devils Finale, But Still Down From ’11

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The final game between the Devils and Rangers hit a series-high in viewership, but still trailed last year’s Bruins/Lightning series.

Game 6 of the Rangers/Devils NHL Eastern Conference final drew 1.605 million viewers on NBC Sports Network Friday night, down 5% from Bruins/Lightning Game 6 on a Wednesday night last year (1.681M). There was no comparable game in 2010.

The game ranks as the most-viewed of the conference final round.

Overall, seven of the eleven conference final games on NBCSN and the NBC broadcast network were down from last year. All five Devils/Rangers games on NBCSN suffered declines.

Amazingly, Friday’s game drew a higher rating among adults 18-49 (0.6) than reruns of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Grimm’ on NBC (0.5 each).

Viewership For NHL Conference Final Games

Date Game
#
Net
Viewers (000)
vs. ?11
Sun., 5/13/12 Kings/Coyotes
1
NBCSN
1,105
+10%
Mon., 5/14/12 Devils/Rangers
1
NBCSN
1,285
-17%
Tue., 5/15/12 Kings/Coyotes
2
NBCSN
835
-1%
Wed., 5/16/12 Devils/Rangers
2
NBCSN
1,342
-14%
Thu., 5/17/12 Coyotes/Kings
3
NBCSN
827
+16%
Sat., 5/19/12 Rangers/Devils
3
NBC
1,499
+25%
Sun., 5/20/12 Coyotes/Kings
4
NBC
1,380
-5%
Mon., 5/21/12 Rangers/Devils
4
NBCSN
1,259
-34%
Tue., 5/22/12 Kings/Coyotes
5
NBCSN
1,217
+40%
Wed., 5/22/12 Devils/Rangers
5
NBCSN
1,428
-6%
Fri., 5/24/12 Rangers/Devils
6
NBCSN
1,605
-5%

(Friday’s numbers from TV By the Numbers [1], [2])

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