Media Schotts: NHL Winter Classic, NBA ratings
I hope everyone had a great Christmas Day on Wednesday. I survived mine.
Now, it’s back to work. Time for some media notes on this day after Christmas. And Happy Boxing Day to my Canadian friends.
— As you know, NBC Sports will televise the NHL Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 1 p.m. New Year’s Day on Wednesday. It will be seen in the Capital Region on NBC13 (WNYT).
NBCSN will televise a pair of alumni games between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings on Tuesday. Game 1 is 1 p.m., and Game 2 is 4 p.m. The games will be played at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.
NBCSN will also have coverage of the women’s exhibition game between Team USA and Team Canada at 4 p.m. Saturday. The last time these teams met, there was a brawl late in the game.
Finally, NBCSN will have the Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks game at 8 p.m. Monday.
— ESPN earned a 2.3 overnight rating for the three NBA games it televised Christmas Day, making it the highest-rated ever for the network, according to Nielsen. The triple-header was up 10 percent from a 2.1 in 2012, which was the previous best.
ESPN’s prime-time double-header averaged a 2.3 rating, up 21 percent from a 1.9 in 2012, making it the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day prime-time double-header ever. It was led by the Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs game, which scored a 2.4 overnight rating, an all-time best for an NBA Christmas Day game in a prime-time window.
Meanwhile, ABC got a 4.9 overnight rating of the Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game, while the Oklahoma City Thunder-New York Knicks contest had a 3.7 rating.
— The NFL Pro Bowl selection show will be at 9 p.m. Friday on NFL Network. Taking an idea from the NHL, the NFL’s all-star game will be “unconferenced.” Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are the Pro Bowl captains, and they will draft the players Jan. 22 on NFL Network at 8 p.m.
— The Tennis Channel will have coverage of the Hopman Cup starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
— Finally, I will reveal my top 10 media stories of 2013 exclusively here on my blog later this week.