FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 14th, 2012
NHL STANLEY CUP CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS ARE MOST-WATCHED ON RECORD
NEW YORK – May 14, 2012 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first two rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged 1.06 viewers, making the Conference Quarterfinals and Conference Semifinals the most-watched first two rounds on record (sine 1994, when cable program data started). On NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, the 2012 Conference Semifinals averaged 1.32 million viewers, making them the most-watched Conference Semifinals on record. More than 39 million total viewers have watched the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, up 23% vs. last year (32.2).
According to Fast National data released by The Nielsen Company, the 2012 Conference Semifinals:
• Averaged 1.29 million viewers on the NBC Sports Network, up 43% percent vs. last
year and best on record for a single cable network.
• Averaged 1.32 million viewers across NBC, the NBC Sports Network & CNBC, up 28% vs.
last year and best on record.
RANGERS – CAPITALS GAME 7
Saturday night’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals was watched by 1.63 million viewers on the NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched NHL Conference Semifinal game on cable since….
• In New York, Rangers-Capitals Game 7 received a 4.8 HH rating, the highest local rating
ever in the market for a NHL game on the NBC Sports Network. The telecast was up 24%
from the series average on the network. And up 129 % vs. 2008.
• In Washington, Rangers-Capitals Game 7 received a 7.7 HH rating, the second highest local
rating ever in the market for a NHL game on the NBC Sports Network. The telecast was up
14% from the series average on the network. And up 18% vs. 2011.