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NBC Sports Opens NHL Playoffs with Nielsen Momentum

NBCSN Nets Best Ever Regular-Season Ratings 4/16/2014 1:00 PM Eastern
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Now in third season of a 10-year, $2 billion rights deal, NBC Sports Group is heading into the NHL playoffs coming off a strong regular-season ratings performance.

NBC Sports Group heads into tonight’s Stanley Cup playoffs opening tripleheader with Nielsen momentum on its side.

 

NBCSN enjoyed its best-regular season with the puck sport, while NBC is on pace to score its best mark since it began broadcasting National Hockey League action during the 2005-06 campaign.

 

The programmer, which is in the third of a $2 billion, 10-season rights deal with the NHL, faces off its comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, with a trio of encounters on NBCSN and CNBC, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on NBCSN. Contest coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CNBC when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Montreal Canadiens. NBCSN’s game coverage begins with the Columbus Blue Jackets visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m.

 

All NHL playoff games on NBCSN, NBC and CNBC will be live-streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. Some contests will air on the NHL Network.

 

North of the border, the CBC, TSN and RDS will televise the action  (see the first-round schedule below).

 

NBCSN netted its most-watched full regular season, averaging 351,000 watchers across 88 telecasts, and up 6% from the 332,000 for the league’s last complete regular-season campaign. Although national data won’t be available for NBC’s final broadcast on April 13 until Thursday, the broadcast averaged 1.73 million viewers through its first 12 games, besting the previous best of 1.65 million viewers for the 2010-11 season, and up 22% from the 1.42 million for last year’s lockout-shortened season. NBCSN averaged 392,000 during the truncated season a year ago.

 

Deliveries were lifted by the inaugural NHL Stadium Series, the return of the NHL Winter Classic, and the second season of Wednesday Night Rivalry.

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, April 16

7:00 PM

Canadiens at Lightning

Game 1

CNBC

CBC, RDS

7:30 PM

Blue Jackets at Penguins

Game 1

NBCSN 

CBC

10:00 PM

Stars at Ducks

Game 1

NBCSN

TSN

Thursday, April 17

7:00 PM

Flyers at Rangers

Game 1

CNBC

TSN

8:00 PM

Blackhawks at Blues

Game 1

NBCSN

CBC

9:30 PM

Wild at Avalanche

Game 1

CNBC

TSN

10:30 PM

Kings at Sharks

Game 1

NBCSN

CBC

Friday, April 18

7:00 PM

Canadiens at Lightning

Game 2

CNBC

CBC, RDS

7:30 PM

Red Wings at Bruins

Game 1

NBCSN

TSN

10:00 PM

Stars at Ducks

Game 2

NBCSN

TSN

Saturday, April 19

3:00 PM

Blackhawks at Blues

Game 2

NBC

CBC

7:00 PM

Blue Jackets at Penguins

Game 2

NBCSN

CBC

9:30 PM

Wild at Avalanche

Game 2

NBCSN

TSN

Sunday, April 20

12:00 PM

Flyers at Rangers

Game 2

NBC

TSN

3:00 PM

Red Wings at Bruins

Game 2

NBC

TSN

7:00 PM

Lightning at Canadiens

Game 3

NBCSN

CBC, RDS

10:00 PM

Kings at Sharks

Game 2

NBCSN

CBC

Monday, April 21

7:00 PM

Penguins at Blue Jackets

Game 3

NBCSN

CBC

8:00 PM

Avalanche at Wild

Game 3

NHLN

TSN

8:30 PM

Blues at Blackhawks

Game 3

CNBC

CBC

9:30 PM

Ducks at Stars

Game 3

NBCSN

TSN

Tuesday, April 22

7:00 PM

Lightning at Canadiens

Game 4

NHLN

CBC, RDS

7:30 PM

Bruins at Red Wings

Game 3

NBCSN

TSN

8:00 PM

Rangers at Flyers

Game 3

CNBC

TSN

10:00 PM

Sharks at Kings

Game 3

NBCSN

CBC

Wednesday, April 23

7:00 PM

Penguins at Blue Jackets

Game 4

NBCSN

CBC

8:00 PM

Ducks at Stars

Game 4

CNBC

TSN

9:30 PM

Blues at Blackhawks

Game 4

NBCSN

CBC

Thursday, April 24

7:00 PM

Canadiens at Lightning

Game 5 *

CNBC

CBC, RDS

8:00 PM

Bruins at Red Wings

Game 4

NBCSN

TSN

9:30 PM

Avalanche at Wild

Game 4

CNBC

TSN2

10:30 PM

Sharks at Kings

Game 4

NBCSN

CBC

Friday, April 25

7:00 PM

Rangers at Flyers

Game 4

CNBC

TSN

8:00 PM

Blackhawks at Blues

Game 5*

NBCSN

CBC

10:30 PM

Stars at Ducks

Game 5*

NBCSN

TSN

Saturday, April 26

3:00 PM

Red Wings at Bruins

Game 5*

NBC

TSN

TBA

Blue Jackets at Penguins

Game 5*

TBA

CBC

TBA

Wild at Avalanche

Game 5*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Kings at Sharks

Game 5*

NBCSN

CBC

Sunday, April 27

12:00 PM

Flyers at Rangers

Game 5*

NBC

TSN

3:00 PM

Blues at Blackhawks

Game 6*

NBC

CBC

TBA

Lightning at Canadiens

Game 6*

TBA

CBC, RDS

TBA

Ducks at Stars

Game 6*

TBA

TSN

Monday, April 28

TBA

Bruins at Red Wings

Game 6*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Penguins at Blue Jackets

Game 6*

TBA

CBC

TBA

Avalanche at Wild

Game 6*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Sharks at Kings

Game 6*

TBA

CBC

Tuesday, April 29

TBA

Canadiens at Lightning

Game 7*

TBA

CBC, RDS

TBA

Rangers at Flyers

Game 6*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Blackhawks at Blues

Game 7*

TBA

CBC

TBA

Stars at Ducks

Game 7*

TBA

TSN

Wednesday, April 30

TBA

Red Wings at Bruins

Game 7*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Blue Jackets at Penguins

Game 7*

TBA

CBC

TBA

Flyers at Rangers

Game 7*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Wild at Avalanche

Game 7*

TBA

TSN

TBA

Kings at Sharks

Game 7*

TBA

CBC

*If necessary.

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