or


[01/24/13 - 03:20 PM]
Inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry" Is Most-Watched NHL Game in NBC Sports Network History
NBC Sports Network spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 23.

[via press release from NBC Sports Network]

INAUGURAL "WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY" IS MOST-WATCHED NHL GAME IN NBC SPORTS NETWORK HISTORY

Bruins-Rangers OT Game Watched by 956,000 Viewers; Most-Watched Regular-Season Game on Cable in 11 Years

Through Four Games, NBC Sports Network's NHL Viewership Up 53% vs. Last Year's Season Average

New York & Boston Markets Post Record Ratings on NBC Sports Network

NBC Sports Network to Televise Three Games, Sunday - Wednesday

Friday Night Ice: College Hockey Action Tomorrow Night on NBC Sports Network features No. 7 Yale at Cornell 7:30 p.m. ET

NEW YORK - Jan. 24, 2013 - Last night's inaugural Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers from Madison Square Garden was watched by 956,000 viewers (0.53 HH rating), making it the most-watched NHL regular-season game in the network's history*, dating back to the 2005-06 season. The previous record was set on opening night last season when 874,000 viewers (0.51 HH) tuned in to see the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

The contest (7:30-10:12 p.m. ET), won by the Rangers, 4-3, in overtime, was also the most-watched NHL regular-season game on any cable channel in 11 years, since ESPN drew 1.28 million for Sharks-Red Wings in 2002 (1/23/02). Last night's game peaked in the second period with 1.09 million viewers from 8:45-9 p.m. ET.

Locally, New York scored a 2.07 HH rating, the market's highest-ever rating for an NHL regular-season game on NBC Sports Network. Boston received a 6.94 HH rating, the second-highest regular-season Bruins game ever on NBC Sports Network, behind only last season's opening night game against the Flyers (7.39 HH rating). NBC Sports Network was the No. 1 rated network overall in Boston from 7:30-10:15 p.m. ET, and the No. 2 cable network in New York during that time.

Through four games this season, NBC Sports Network is averaging 507,000 viewers, up 53% compared to the 2011-12 season average of 332,000, and up 27% compared to the first four games last season (398,000).

*NBC Sports Network was previously known as VERSUS (2006-2011) and OLN before that.

UPCOMING NBC SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE

NBC Sports Network resumes its NHL coverage this Sunday, Jan. 27, when the St. Louis Blues face off against the Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action in St. Louis. On Tues., Jan. 29, Strader will team with Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) as they travel to Pittsburgh to call the N.Y. Islanders at the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Next week's Wednesday Night Rivalry will see the Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET. Both teams are currently atop their respective divisions. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike 'Doc' Emrick, Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire ('Inside-the-Glass' analyst) will be on-site at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

In addition to the NHL, NBC Sports Network will resume Friday Night Ice, its college hockey programming, tomorrow night when Cornell hosts No. 7 Yale at 7:30 p.m. ET, from Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. Dan Parkhurst will serve as play-by-play announcer alongside 'Inside-the-Glass' analyst Ken Hodge.

NBC Sports Network's Upcoming Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

DATE GAME TIME (ET)

Fri., Jan. 25 No. 7 Yale at Cornell (college) 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 27 Minnesota at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 29 N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 30 Chicago at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.





  [january 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











most recent ratings | view all posts
[10/23/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 2 Powers FOX to Second-Straight Prime Time Victory
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 22.

[10/23/14 - 12:11 PM]
Football Helps ESPN Win the Night 11 Times among all Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for the season to date.

[10/23/14 - 10:41 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Defeats ABC, CBS Late-Night Competition in 18-49, Total Viewers for Week of Oct. 13-17
NBC spins the numbers for the week of October 13-17.

[10/23/14 - 08:46 AM]
NBC's Wednesday Dramas Finish Within a Tenth of a Rating Point of Last Week's 18-49 Result Despite World Series Competition
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 22.

[10/23/14 - 08:32 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Keeps FOX on Top in Viewers, Demos
Plus: The CW's "Arrow" and ABC's "Nashville" are the only series up week-to-week among adults 18-49.

[10/23/14 - 08:14 AM]
ABC Is Wednesday's No. 1 Non-Sports Net with the Night's Top 2 Series Telecasts
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 22.

[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
ABC Grows Year to Year in Total Viewers and Holds Steady in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the weeks of September 22-October 19.

[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
"NCIS: New Orleans" Delivers Its Highest Adults 18-49 Rating Since Its Series Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 08:55 AM]
NBC Ranks as the #1 Non-Sports Network Among the Big 4
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 08:35 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opener Helps FOX Snap NBC's Win Streak
The Peacock had previously won the past 10 consecutive Tuesdays among adults 18-49.

[10/22/14 - 08:34 AM]
ABC's Tuesday Night Holds Steady Opposite the 2014 World Series Game 1
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/21/14 - 03:02 PM]
Season Premiere of TBS's "American Dad!" Tops Basic Cable Entertainment Programs for the Night
TBS spins the numbers for Monday, October 20.

[10/21/14 - 02:18 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, October 20.

[10/21/14 - 12:57 PM]
Notre Dame-Florida State: Most-Viewed October College Football Telecast across All Networks on Record
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, October 18.