NHL Playoffs Help NBCSN To Best April Viewership On Record
An uptick for the Stanley Cup Playoffs helped NBCSN to the cable net's best April viewership on record (both total-day and primetime). In primetime alone last month, NBCSN was up 29%. The net’s NHL playoff games averaged a total audience delivery (TV+streaming) of 930,000 viewers through April 30, marking the network’s best figure yet through this point in the postseason (Austin Karp, THE DAILY). However, in St. Louis, Dan Caesar writes the way the NHL and NBC have treated fans in St. Louis so far this postseason has been "rinky-dink," as many fans missed the start of Stars-Blues Game 1. NBCSN's coverage of Blue Jackets-Bruins Game 1 was not over when Stars-Blues began. For cable TV providers, the conclusion of the earlier game was "supposed to move to NHL Network" with Stars-Blues "shown in its entirely on NBCSN." For satellite services, Stars-Blues was "to start on NHL Network then move it to NBCSN after the first game finished." However, some customers of U-Verse and Dish "complained that for them the Boston game was shown on both, with others saying NHL Network had regular (non-game) programming while NBCSN still had the Boston game." The Blues were "not on at all, and it was not joined until well into the first period" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/3).
SAME TEAMMATES, DIFFERENT TEAM: The AP notes Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko played beside each other for 12 seasons with the Devils, and are now "reprising their relationship as television analysts" on NHL Network. This is their second season working together, and while the net likes to mix up studio analysts, NHL Network Senior Coordinating Producer Josh Bernstein said, "When we do and it's the two of them, it's certainly special just because of their great history together. They're a great team" (AP, 5/3).
A FAMILIAR VOICE: In Boston, Chad Finn noted actor Bill Camp "returns this year as the narrator of 'Quest for the Stanley Cup.'" Camp begins his fifth season as the "voice of the program, which covers the journey of the final eight teams" in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The docuseries "premieres exclusively on the streaming service ESPN+ Friday," with new episodes becoming available each Friday through the end of the Stanley Cup Final (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/3).