TV Ratings: Overnights Up For Pens/Caps on NBC (Also: CBS College Hoops, NBA on ESPN)


The latest edition of the “NHL on NBC” scored a solid bump in the overnights. In other news, CBS had a slight increase for college basketball, and ESPN had double-digit declines for Friday’s NBA action.

  • Double-Digit Rise For NHL on NBC: Sunday’s Penguins/Capitals NHL regular season game earned a 1.2 overnight rating on NBC, up 20% from the same matchup in 2011 (1.0). There was no comparable game last year. Already this season, NBC had a 45% increase in overnights for Flyers/Sabres on January 20 and earned an indoor-record 2.0 overnight for regional coverage on January 19. (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)
  • Slight Bump For College Hoops on CBS: CBS earned a 1.2 overnight for Saturday’s Miami/North Carolina State men’s college basketball game, up a tick from regional action in an earlier timeslot both last year and in 2011 (1.1). (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)
  • Friday’s NBA Games Down Double-Digits on ESPN: Friday’s Lakers/Timberwolves NBA regular season game drew 2.0 million viewers on ESPN, down 20% from Lakers/Nuggets in a later timeslot last year (2.5M), but up 2% from Celtics/Suns in 2011 (2.0M). Earlier in the night, Heat/Pacers drew 1.6 million — down 25% from Knicks/Celtics last year (2.2M). There was no comparable game in 2011. (Friday’s numbers from The Futon Critic)