Behind the Broadcast Extra Wednesday
Here are some TV notes for you on Wednesday.
-- Tuesday's NHL opener between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks on NBCSN was watched by an average of 935,000 viewers, making it the most-watched season opener on cable on record (data available since 1993), and the second-most watched regular-season game ever on the cable channel.
That was up 7 percent compared to the 2011-12 season opener (Phi-Bos, 874,000), the last time the season began in October. Last season's NHL lockout kept the league shut down until January.
Last year’s inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers (Jan. 23 , 956,000) is the only NBCSN regular-season matchup with more viewers than last night’s game.
-- Tuesday's National League wild-card playoff game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates 4.6 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals.
The telecast was up 15 percent among total viewers and rating compared with last year's NL Wild Card Game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves (2.6 rating, 3,990,000 total viewers). Of course, the Cardinals-Braves game started in the late afternoon, when both the NL and American League wild-card games were played on the same day. That isn't the case this year.
-- FOX Sports 980 (WOFX) will have an NFL quadrule-header Sunday. At 1 p.m., it will be the Seattle Seahawks at the Indianapolis Colts. That will be followed at 4:25 p.m. by the Denver Broncos at the Dallas Cowboys. At 8:30 p.m., it's the "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. The final game is the bonus Sunday night game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders at 11:35 p.m.
-- The "Frontline" investigation of what the NFL knew about football and brain damage will be on PBS. "League of Denial" will be on from 9-11 p.m. Monday on WMHT (Ch. 17). ESPN had been part of the project before bowing out.
-- NBA League Pass is celebrating its 20th year by providing fans with new features including direct access to a national game archive featuring all televised games on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV throughout the regular season, and live feeds of both home and away team broadcasts for all games.
The new features will be available on NBA League Pass Broadband, which is available complimentary to NBA League Pass and as a standalone product. Additional package options include NBA League Pass Mobile and NBA League Pass Choice, allowing fans to choose up to five teams to watch during the regular season.
NBA League Pass is available for the early-bird price of $189. There will be a free week of NBA League Pass from Oct. 29-Nov. 5.