NBC put up solid numbers for primetime Stanley Cup playoff action Saturday.
Game 5 of the Red Wings/Blackhawks second round Stanley Cup playoff series drew a 2.0 overnight on NBC, the highest of the postseason, and the highest for a second round game on NBC since the network resumed airing games in 2006.
Keep in mind the numbers are not unprecedented for NBC. The network topped a 2.0 overnight three times during the first round last year, all for afternoon games. In addition, NBC’s season-opening regular season game on January 19 also had a 2.0 overnight.
Still, Saturday’s game is tied as the fourth-highest rated playoff telecast in the metered markets since NBC took over TV rights, matching Blackhawks/Red Wings Game 1 in 2009 and Blackhawks/Sharks Game 4 in 2010.
Compared to other Saturday night sporting events on broadcast, Game 5 finished behind the May 11 Knicks/Pacers NBA playoff game on ABC (4.3) and three NASCAR races on FOX (3.4, 3.5 and 3.5). Overnights were not immediately available for Saturday’s “Baseball Night in America” telecast on FOX, which aired opposite Red Wings/Blackhawks.
Locally, Game 5 drew a 14.7 rating in Detroit and an 11.4 in Chicago, the highest local ratings for a second round game on NBC in both markets.
Top Overnights For Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC
Excluding the Stanley Cup Final
(Saturday’s overnight from NBC Sports Group Press Box)