Stanley Cup playoffs scoring on television
Monday night's Stanley Cup Game 2 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers has earned the best overnight television rating on record for a Game 2 (data before 1975 is unavailable). The overnight rating for NBC is a 4.1 with a 7 audience share. That's up 21% over last year's Game 2 between Detroit and Pittsburgh.
The information from Nielsen Media Research indicates the game had its highest viewership between 7:30 and 8 p.m. PT. The Chicago market showed a 25.1 rating and a 39 share; in Philadelphia it was 18.5 and 29. The game also won the overall night in the rankings for NBC.
The Blackhawks and Flyers are also playing well in Canada. Game 1 had an average audience of 3.16 million on the CBC, an 83% increase over Game 1 in 2009.
After Chicago and Philadelphia, the rest of the top 10 markets for NBC so far are, in order, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Detroit, Fort Myers, Las Vegas and Orlando, Columbus and St. Louis all tied for ninth.
According to the numbers, three non-NHL markets have shown big increases this year, with Seattle's numbers up 213% from last year, Kansas City up 140% and Memphis up 120%.
-- Diane Pucin