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Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
NBC SPORTS CONTINUES COVERAGE OF NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFYING ROUND WITH OVER 12 HOURS OF HOCKEY TODAY ON NBCSN, BEGINNING AT 12 P.M. ET
Panthers Face Elimination vs. Islanders at Noon ET to Kick Off Action on NBCSN
Pivotal Game 3 Between Penguins and Canadiens Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1
New Jersey Devils Goaltender Cory Schneider Returns as Guest Studio Analyst During Today’s Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 5, 2020 – NBC Sports continues its coverage of the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round today with more than 12 consecutive hours of live hockey across six games on NBCSN, beginning with Game 3 of the best-of-five series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders at 12 p.m. ET. The Panthers look to force a Game 4, trailing 2-0 in the series.
Primetime coverage will feature a pivotal Game 3 between Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens, with the series tied at a game apiece, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Another Qualifying Round series tied at one will be presented in the nightcap when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers will face Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Oilers tied the series with a 6-3 victory behind a hat trick from McDavid.
Kathryn Tappen and Liam McHugh will combine to host today and tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp, as well as guest analyst and current New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.
NBC Sports will present up to 120 hours of coverage from the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network, highlighted by at least 10 hours of wall-to-wall NHL action each day from August 1-5, comprised of Qualifying Round and Round Robin matchups. In total, more than 25 NHL games will be shown on NBCSN in a seven-day span.
Qualifying Round series are best-of-five and will be contested between the teams seeded 5th through 12th in each conference. The winners of those series will join the top four teams from each conference, who will play round robin games to determine seeding, in the traditional 16-team Stanley Cup Playoffs format.
Today’s NHL schedule on NBCSN is below:
|Wed., August 5||Game 3 – N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida||NBCSN||12 p.m.||Mike Tirico, Keith Jones, Brian Boucher|
|Game 3 – Nashville vs. Arizona||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Round Robin – Tampa Bay vs. Boston||NBCSN||4 p.m.||Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher|
|Round Robin – Colorado vs. Dallas||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Game 3 – Pittsburgh vs. Montreal||NBCSN||8 p.m.||John Forslund, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher|
|Game 3 – Edmonton vs. Chicago||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.||Brendan Burke, AJ Mleczko, Pierre McGuire|
OPENING WEEKEND OF NHL QUALIFYING ROUND DELIVERS BLOCKBUSTER VIEWERSHIP
NBC Sports’ wall-to-wall coverage of the opening weekend of the NHL Qualifying Round delivered blockbuster viewership across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, according to Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
Following are NBC Sports viewership highlights of the opening weekend of the NHL’s Qualifying Round:
- Across all games on NBC/NBCSN/USA Network/digital, the first weekend (9 games) averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 760,000 viewers, up 91% the NBC/NBCSN 2019-20 regular-season average (98 games; 398,000 viewers).
- The weekend’s six Qualifying Round cable games (NBCSN/USA Network) combined to average a TAD of 407,000 viewers, up 126% NBCSN’s 2019-20 regular-season non-exclusive average with no home markets (180,000).
- Saturday night’s Canadiens-Penguins matchup in primetime on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.529 million viewers, making it the most-watched NHL game of the 2019-20 season, excluding the Winter Classic. It is also up 42% the 2019-20 regular-season average for games on NBC (1.074 million), excluding the Winter Classic.
- Sunday’s afternoon’s coverage of the Flyers-Bruins Round-Robin game averaged a TAD of 1.445 million viewers on NBC, making it the second-most watched NHL game of the season behind only Saturday night’s Canadiens-Penguins game (1.529 million), excluding the Winter Classic. It is also up 35% the 2019-20 regular-season average for games on NBC (1.074 million), excluding the Winter Classic.
- Sunday’s Blues-Avalanche game averaged a TAD of 684,000 viewers, making it the most-watched non-exclusive NBCSN game with no home markets on record (excluding traditional playoff games) and up 280% the network’s 2019-20 non-exclusive average (180,000 viewers).
- Rangers-Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon on NBCSN – which was the very first NHL game to be played since March 11 – averaged a TAD of 528,000 viewers, making it the second-most watched non-exclusive NBCSN game with no home markets on record (excluding traditional playoff games), behind only Sunday’s Blues-Avalanche game, and up 193% the network’s 2019-20 non-exclusive average (180,000).