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NBC, CNBC, NBCSN Viewership Up During Conference Quarterfinal Round Of NHL Playoffs
Published May 2, 2014
MARKET ANALYSIS: Game 7 of the of the Wild-Avalanche first-round series was the highest-rated telecast ever in FS North history, generating a 16.4 local rating in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The previous record was a 15.3 rating for a White Sox-Twins game in August '10 (FS North)....Comcast SportsNet Chicago averaged an 11.75 local rating for its Blackhawks games during the first round, up 27% from a 9.24 rating for last year’s first-round series against the Wild (NBC Sports)....FS Ohio's broadcast of Penguins-Blue Jackets Game 5 drew an 8.08 local rating, marking the "second-highest" figure in Blue Jackets history (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/29)....MSG Networks' Rangers-Flyers Game 7 scored a 5.51 local rating in the N.Y. market, becoming the best-rated hockey game on the RSN in two years (Rangers-Senators Game 7 in '12 scored a 5.74 local rating). Ranges-Flyers Game 7 was on both MSG and MSG+, and all figures represent a combination of the two networks’ audience. MSG’s five telecasts from the Ranges-Flyers series averaged a 3.37 local rating, up 13% from the Rangers' first conference quarterfinal series against the Capitals last year (MSG).
TICKETS IN HIGH DEMAND: StubHub President Chris Tsakalakis talked about the secondary ticket market for the NHL Playoffs so far and said the upcoming Rangers-Penguins Eastern Conference Semifinal series "saw a huge amount of sales" Wednesday after the Rangers beat the Flyers. He said Rangers fans are "absolutely among the best fans that we have buying on StubHub." He added the Kings-Ducks Western Conference Semifinal series, which is "sort of a highway series that's happening here in California," also is popular. Tsakalakis: "While there is a somewhat limited overall size of the NHL fan base, it's actually a really strong category on StubHub" ("After The Bell," Fox Business, 5/1).