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Penguins-Blackhawks averages 2.8 million viewers on NBC

Mar 3, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

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A lot of numbers coming up, and all of them saying good things about the TV ratings for Saturday’s game at snowy Soldier Field.

From NBC Sports Group:

NBC’s primetime coverage of Saturday night’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks (8-11:15 p.m. ET) from Soldier Field in Chicago averaged 2.8 million viewers and produced a 1.7 HH rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated NHL regular-season game, excluding Winter Classics and regional coverage, since the advent of People Meters (1987), according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.

Average viewership for Saturday night’s primetime telecast on NBC, in which the Blackhawks defeated the Penguins, 5-1, was up 33% compared to NBC’s previous NHL Stadium Series game on Jan. 26 between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils (1:27-4:30 p.m. ET, 2.1 million).

Locally, Chicago posted a 14.9 rating, making it the highest-rated regular-season Blackhawks game ever on NBC in the Chicago market, even topping the 2009 NHL Winter Classic (11.8), which saw the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Blackhawks, 6-4, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. In Pittsburgh, the game registered a 13.3 rating. NBC was No. 1 network in both markets from 8-11:15 pm ET.

  1. leafs2013 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I am tired of outdoor games. Being there is cool but watching them on TV sucks, you don’t get a feeling of excitement because there’s no crowd around the glass and you can’t hear and chanting or anything.

    • 7mantel - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Agree totally ,the NYR / Islander games are usually electric with the fans chanting back n forth ! Could not hear any crowd noise on tv .

  2. csilojohnson - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    better get used to them. not going anywhere.

  3. rtookey - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Haha, theres more than 360 million people between canada and US… pretty sure those are pretty bad numbers…

  4. killerpgh - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    I think night games (8pm EST) will generally draw more fans watching than early afternoon games. Isn’t that the reason why SCF games all start at 8pm? Since this games are all about drawing fans it’s surprising they don’t schedule all these games for prime time.

  5. bobc74 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    And yet if you listen to the talking heads at all the networks, they say nobody watches TV on Saturday night. Hey, folks, maybe it’s the programs people don’t watch, not TV in general.

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