ESPN gets increased viewership for Union-Minnesota NCAA hockey final
Saturday's NCAA hockey championship game between Union and Minnesota in Philadelphia averaged 717,000 viewers for ESPN, a 33 percent increase over last year's final between Quinnipiac and Yale, the cable network announced Wednesday.
The Dutchmen beat the Golden Gophers, 7-4.
The three games that ESPN and ESPN2 combined to televise averaged 471,000 viewers, a 56 percent increase over last year's Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
The three telecasts of the 2014 Frozen Four combined to reach 6.6 million viewers.
WatchESPN’s simulcast of the three telecasts saw a significant spike in viewership — 2.24 million minutes watched, an 85 percent increase over 2013 (1.21 million minutes). Additionally, the men’s Frozen Four debut of ESPN3 Surround — ice-level cameras with natural sound — generated an additional 607,000 minutes watched throughout the three games.
Minneapolis-St. Paul generated a 10.6 rating Saturday night, the highest-rating for hockey in the market (October 2013-Present). Denver (1.3) was second followed by Las Vegas (0.8), Columbus (0.8), and Providence (0.7).
The Capital Region is not a metered market.