About people in the New York City area saw the Rangers win,
The regional coverage was down The game earned a 1. The May 13,Carolina - New Jersey game on a Saturday afternoon had fewer viewers than the surfing competition that was its lead-in. More people watched a poker event that particular weekend than watched that hockey game.
Still, NBC claimed in May that the ratings were about what it expected, and that it would turn a profit on its NHL coverage for the —06 season. Thus, the NHL also stood to gain money on the deal.
That was down from a 2. Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals earned a mere 2. Game 4 got a 2. Game 7 earned NBC a 3.
That was down by 21 percent from Game 7 in —the last season before the lockout. It was at or near the top in all coveted TV viewer demographics.
In addition, NBC averaged 3. Most of the U. Each network earned a 1. That's the lowest rating for an NHL broadcast in years.
The Rangers-Sabres telecast on Sunday drew a viewers in 1.
In Buffalo, the ratings story is much different, where more than half of the TV sets in Western New York were tuned to the Sabres-Rangers game, breaking records previously held by the Buffalo Bills. In the fourth week of coverage, Game 5 of the Sharks-Red Wings semifinal series received a 1.
Game 6 between the Rangers and Sabres, leading into the Kentucky Derby, earned a 1. There was no comparable game last year. That means 60 percent of the sets in use in Buffalo were watching the game.
In week five of playoff coverage, the final game of the Sabres-Senators series on Saturday earned 1. Game 5 of the Ducks-Red Wings matchup on Sunday earned 1. The year-ago Stanley Cup match-up scored 3. Anaheim earned a 2.
Comparably, that was 25 percent below the year-ago overnight series average for the Stanley Cup Finals 2. The game received a 2. The second week of coverage featured the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers, the game got a 1.
Ratings for the — season rose 11 percent from the previous year. The four games on NBC averaged a 3. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals averaged a 4.Subscribe to timberdesignmag.com to watch out-of-market games live or on demand in stunning 60 frames per second HD video Try before you buy with timberdesignmag.com's Free Games of the Week.
The NHL is still in a bit of a transition when it comes to how much money their top players are making. Prior to the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams took advantage of a loophole. Business News from the Kansas City Star newspaper in the Midwest. The National Hockey League, coming off its best business year ever, launched the season with record TV audiences in the U.S.
and Canada and continued hypergrowth on its digital distribution platforms - further evidence of the strong worldwide demand for NHL content, the League's global reach and distribution, and the digital disposition of .
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