Good weekend ratings for NBC's Stanley Cup coverage
The three NHL Stanley Cup playoff games this weekend on NBC, highlighted by the war between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, averaged a 50 percent increase in overnight ratings compared to last year's coverage on the network, according to official overnight ratings data released today by The Nielsen Company.
Sunday's 8-4, brawl-filled win by the Flyers over the Penguins registered a 2.3 overnight rating, up 77 percent compared to last year's comparable game (Capitals-Rangers; 1.3 overnight) and making it the best overnight rating for a Conference Quarterfinal game in 11 years (4/21/01; ABC regional; 2.5), and the best for any NHL playoff game, excluding the Stanley Cup Final, in a decade (5/18/02; ABC, Avalanche-Red Wings Conference Final; 2.4).
Earlier Sunday, the Nashville Predators' 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings generated a 1.5 overnight rating, which is up 36 percent compared to the NHL regular-season overnight average on NBC, excluding the Winter Classic and the Thanksgiving Friday game.
The Washington Capitals' 2-1 double-overtime win over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins on Saturday produced a 1.5 overnight rating, up 36 percent compared to last year's comparable game (Coyotes-Red Wings; 1.1 overnight).