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Blackhawks-Red Wings Game 7 sets NBC Sports Network ratings mark

May 31, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

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It was the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners against a team with 22 consecutive playoff appearances.

And hockey fans across the U.S. took notice, as the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings did battle in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

According to a release from The NBC Sports Group, Wednesday’s game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings “posted a 2.07 rating and averaged 3.354 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, and the most-watched Semifinal game ever on cable.”

Data goes back to 1994.

“The game… is the highest-rated non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002.”

Naturally, the game did well in the two competing cities – Chicago and Detroit.

“In Chicago, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 17.21 HH rating, the highest local rating ever in the market for an NHL game on NBC Sports Network,” it was said in the statement.

“In Detroit, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 14.96 HH rating.”

What lockout?

  1. nightfireop - May 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    no surprise, majority of sports fan (myself included) are so hungry for entertainment that owners can do whatever they want to the fans and sponsors without any retaliation. nowadays, owners and corporations no longer care for their employees (or players in this matter), they don’t even care about the paying customers, they just care about the customer’s money.

    it’s a sick position to be in (jacbos anyone?), but that’s just how it goes.

  2. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 31, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Money… Where would we me without it.

  3. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 31, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Where would we be….

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 31, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Hockey… Where would we be…..

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - May 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    What? Fans tuned in to see a thrilling Game 7 matchup between longtime rivals even though the chances were extremely low that there would be a fight? How can that be? Commenters have assured me that without fighting, fans would abandon the sport en masse. There must be some mistake. (OK, obsessed fight freaks, get those thumbs ready. Go.)

    • bigbuffguy95 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      What are you talking about? I don’t think anyone ever argued that there needed to be a fight in every single game, let alone a Game 7. You’re attacking a straw man, one that’s not remotely relevant to the topic at hand.

    • bettmanistheworstever - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      Fighting? NBC relentlessly plays up the violence and dirty plays in the game, as do others, WWF style. Money surely talks.

  6. stachowiakjp - May 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    There was a lockout?

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