Thursday, June 05, 2008

Game 6 ratings up on NBC

A successful Stanley Cup Finals ended with the biggest overnight rating of the season.

Via the Mediaweek Programming Insider, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals averaged a 4.4/7 overnight from 8:00-11:00 PM last night. The overnight rating does not include the Washington D.C. or Cincinnati markets.

There was no comparable Game 6 last year. Compared to Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the 4.4 overnight is up 100% from a 2.2 for Hurricanes/Oilers.
I don't think I've ever seen this many positive stories coming out of the U.S. during the finals as now. At least not since 1994.

So much of what happens with American ratings goes back to the teams in the finals, but at some points during Round 4, it was reported that 10 per cent of all televisions that were on in the U.S. were tuned to hockey.

Imagine if this series would have been closer, and if a Game 7 was involved?

Feel free to join me, The Battle of Alberta's Matt Fenwick and various other guests for a chat at FanHouse at 1 p.m. to discuss this and more.


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4 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, June 05, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

Imagine if this series would have been closer, and if a Game 7 was involved?

I give it 12 months.

Pittsburgh will need to cash in on Malkin/Staals rookie contracts and learned valuable lessons to make them better for next year. Detroit is well Detroit and with only 39 million committed next season my money is on them breaking the TB, CAR, ANA trend.

 
At 1:15 PM, June 05, 2008, Anonymous David Johnson said...

So much of what happens with American ratings goes back to the teams in the finals, but at some points during Round 4, it was reported that 10 per cent of all televisions that were on in the U.S. were tuned to hockey.

And this is why parity and expanding into small markets is bad for the NHL (if you evaluate the NHL based on TV ratings and revenue). The NHL would do best if it were teams in big markets or in hockey markets (like Detroit and Pittsburgh) went deep into the playoffs instead of small markets and non-hockey markets like Carolina, Tampa, etc.

As I have said numerous times, the NHL needs to focus on Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, etc. and not Nashville, Carolina, Phoenix, etc. because that is where the real growth will start from. Some of the smaller or non-traditional hockey markets may decide to come along for the ride but it all starts with the big and traditional hockey markets.

 
At 2:46 PM, June 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There won't be high numbers from the Washington, DC market. Due to tremendous storms, a large portion of the area was without electricity. I had to listen to the game on the radio -- a very unsatisfactory experience, but at least the end result was as I hoped!

 
At 2:57 PM, June 05, 2008, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

James- thanks for hosting another great chat. I still stand by my Kings statement regardless of how crazy you think I am. Let's do it again soon!

 

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