The Stephen A. Smith Show – 1-3 p.m. ET every weekday on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS since August – adds a fourth consecutive month to its trend of year-over-year growth.
Cable Coverage of Stanley Cup Playoffs Are Most-Watched On Record Through Two Rounds
2019 Second Round is Most-Watched Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round On Record
Last Night’s Colorado-San Jose Game 7 Averaged Total Audience Delivery of 1.754 Million Viewers, Up 9% vs. Comparable 2018 Game
2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Have Live Streamed More Than a Half-Billion Minutes, Up 39% vs. 2018
Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, St. Louis and San Jose All Set Local Ratings Records
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 9, 2019 – With 34 one-goal games, 15 overtime contests, and four Game 7s through two rounds, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are setting national, local and digital viewership and consumption milestones, according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics.
The highlights include:
- For the entire 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.073 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched playoffs on record through two rounds.
- NBC Sports’ cable coverage of the 2019 playoffs across NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, is averaging a TAD of 911,000 viewers, making it the most-watched cable delivery on record through the Second Round.
- The Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs stands as the most-watched Second Round on record, averaging a TAD of 1.621 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
- Viewers have live streamed more than a half-billion minutes through two rounds (526.8 million), up 39% compared to the same time period last season.
- Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, St. Louis and San Jose all set local ratings records during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The viewership and consumption records are even more impressive considering the absence of many teams from the largest media markets or with strong hockey histories, such as the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. In addition, the four teams that played in the past two Stanley Cup Finals – the Washington Capitals (2018), Vegas Golden Knights (2018), Pittsburgh Penguins (2017) and Nashville Predators (2017) – were all eliminated in the First Round this year.
Note: The term “on record” means since 1994, which is the year when People Meters first included cable viewing.
2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
For the 69 games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.073 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched playoffs on record through two rounds. Viewership is up 1% compared to 2018 (1.067 million), which held the previous record through two rounds.
NBC Sports’ cable coverage of the 2019 playoffs across NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, is averaging a TAD of 911,000 viewers, making it the most-watched cable delivery on record through the Second Round and up 10% compared to last year (825,000).
Following are the Top 10 markets for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network:
The Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are the most-watched Second Round on record, averaging a TAD of 1.621 million viewers for 24 games across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Viewership was also up 3% vs. last year (1.574 million).
Columbus-Boston Game 5, which followed Kentucky Derby coverage in primetime this past Saturday night, averaged a TAD of 4.618 million viewers, ranking as the second-most watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL game on television since 1993 and up 7% vs. the comparable game in 2018. It trailed only Chicago-Anaheim (4.636 million), which was a Western Conference Game 7 in 2015.
The top cable game of the Second Round was Boston-Columbus Game 4 on NBCSN, which averaged a TAD of 2.065 million viewers and is the network’s most-watched Second Round Game 4 on record. It was up 15% from the comparable 2018 game.
COLORADO-SAN JOSE GAME 7
Last night’s exciting Colorado-San Jose Second Round Game 7 averaged a TAD of 1.754 million viewers on NBCSN, making it the most-watched late game in four years (Chi-Ana Game 5, 2.092 million) and up 9% vs. last year’s Winnipeg-Nashville Game 7 (1.611 million).
Viewership peaked with nearly 2.1 million viewers. Both Denver and San Jose set viewership milestones for the game. See below.
Across NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app streaming platforms, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date have totalled 526.8 million live minutes, up 39% compared to the same time last year.
This was also the most streamed Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs ever in Average Minute Audience (AMA) and live minutes streamed. The Second Round totalled 255.2 million live minutes, up 29% compared to the complete Second Round last year. The AMA of 59,700 viewers was up 30% year over year.
The Dallas-St. Louis double overtime Game 7 set Second Round records in AMA, uniques and live minutes. The game delivered an AMA of 103,900 viewers, which stands as the highest AMA on record for a Second Round game. The game’s 328,000 uniques and 25.7 million live minutes also rank as the highest on record for a Second Round game.
Last night’s Colorado-San Jose Game 7 delivered an AMA of 87,700 viewers, which ranks as a Top 3 Second Round AMA and was up 60% compared to last year’s Winnipeg-Nashville Second Round Game 7.
Colorado, Columbus and Dallas all drew NBC Sports’ best NHL ratings ever in their respective markets, while Carolina, St. Louis and San Jose all had NBC Sports’ best Second Round ratings in their markets.
- Carolina: 7.7 for Raleigh for Islanders-Hurricanes Game 3 on NBCSN ranks as NBC Sports’ highest Second Round NHL delivery on record in Raleigh.
- Colorado: 11.2 in Denver for Avalanche-Sharks Game 7 on NBCSN stands as NBC Sports’ highest NHL delivery on record in Denver.
- Columbus: 15.2 for Columbus for Blue Jackets-Bruins Game 5 on NBC ranks as NBC Sports’ highest NHL delivery on record in Columbus.
- Dallas: 5.2 in Dallas for Blues-Stars Game 6 on NBC stands as NBC Sports’ highest NHL delivery on record in Dallas.
- St. Louis: 16.0 in St. Louis for Stars-Blues Game 7 on NBCSN ranks as NBC Sports’ highest Second Round NHL delivery on record in St. Louis.
- San Jose: 5.2 in San Jose for Avalanche-Sharks Game 7 on NBCSN stands as NBC Sports’ highest Second Round NHL delivery on record in San Jose.
NBC’s TV-Only 10.9/25 Kentucky Derby Overnight UP 20% From Last Year’s Race & Best Overnight for any Saturday Show since NFL Divisional Playoffs in January
Columbus-Boston Game 5 Delivers 3.22 Overnight Rating on NBC, Second-Highest ON RECORD for NHL Playoff Game, Excluding Stanley Cup Final
Colorado-San Jose Game 5 Scores 0.75 Overnight on NBCSN, Up 75% vs. Comparable 2018 Game
Potential Country House-Maximum Security Rematch in 144th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18 at 5 PM ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2019 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby on NBC followed immediately by the primetime Columbus Blue Jackets-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff Game 5 on Saturday delivered multiple overnight ratings milestones, according to data provided by Nielsen.
“We hit the trifecta last night, with the historic drama of the Kentucky Derby and two one-goal Stanley Cup Playoff games,” said Sam Flood, President, Production, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “With the unanticipated and unprecedented conclusion of the Derby leading into Columbus-Boston Game 5, we were able to capitalize on the audience opportunity and set ratings milestones across the board.”
Country House’s victory in the “Run for the Roses” delivered a 10.9/25 overnight rating – matching 1992 as the best overnight for a Kentucky Derby since 1990. In addition, the 10.9/25 for the Kentucky Derby (6:30-7:30pm ET race portion) is up 20% from last year’s race (9.1/21) featuring eventual Triple Crown winner Justify, and marks television’s best Saturday overnight since the NFL Divisional Playoffs (Jan. 12, 2019).
The overnight rating peaked at an 11.9/27 from 6:45-7 p.m. ET, as Country House and Maximum Security crossed the finish line. Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby, topped the metered markets with a 39.5 rating/69 share (top 20 markets below).
The unexpected drama of the Kentucky Derby provided a large lead-in audience for Columbus-Boston Game 5 on NBC. The result was a 3.22 overnight rating, the second-highest overnight for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on record (since 1994), excluding Stanley Cup Final games. Blue Jackets-Bruins Game 5 trails only a 3.27 overnight rating for Chicago-Anaheim in 2015, which was a Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, among non-Stanley Cup Final games. Last night’s game was up 12% vs. last year’s Pittsburgh-Washington Game 5 (2.87), which also led out of the Kentucky Derby.
Columbus delivered a 15.2 local rating for Game 5, NBC Sports’ highest rating on record for an NHL game in the market. Boston scored a 15.1 rating.
Last night’s late Stanley Cup Playoff Game 5 between Colorado and San Jose delivered a 0.75 overnight rating, up 75% vs. the comparable game last year (Winnipeg-Nashville; 0.58).
Locally, Denver delivered a 9.1 rating, NBC Sports’ highest rating on record for an NHL game in the market. San Jose produced a 3.4 rating.
TOP METERED MARKETS FOR 2019 KENTUCKY DERBY (Race Portion)
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ESPN’s popular morning studio show lineup – including its flagship news and information show SportsCenter, Get Up! and marquee debate show First Take – saw year-over-year viewership increases across the board in the month of April, according to Nielsen.
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First Round Cable Coverage is Most Watched in 25 Years and Second-Best On Record
Hurricanes-Capitals Game 7 is Most-Watched First Round Cable Game On Record
Most Live Streamed First Round Ever
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 25, 2019 – On the strength of 10 overtime games, three Game 7s and two improbable sweeps, NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal delivered the most-watched First Round in seven years, according to Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics. First Round coverage across NBC Sports’ cable platforms produced the most-watched First Round on cable in 25 years and ranks as the second-best First Round on cable on record (since 1994). The First Round milestones were punctuated by three Game 7s, including last night’s Hurricanes-Capitals series finale on NBCSN, which is now the most-watched First Round cable game on record.
Across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, the 45 Stanley Cup Playoff First Round games averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 778,000 viewers, making it the most-watched First Round in seven years (2012; 936,000), NBC Sports’ third-most watched First Round ever (since 2006), and up one percent vs. last year (769,000).
NBC Sports’ cable coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round across NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, averaged a TAD of 673,000 viewers, up 18% vs. last year (572,000) and making it the second-most watched First Round on cable on record (1994; 702,000; ESPN networks).
Last night’s double-overtime Game 7 — in which the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, 4-3 — averaged a TAD of 1.750 million viewers, making it the most-watched First Round cable game on record, up 18% vs. NBCSN’s previous record, set by last year’s Maple Leafs-Bruins Game 7 (1.484 million; NBCSN), and up 16% vs. the previous overall record (1.514 million; 2000 Game 7 Sharks-Blues; ESPN).
Game 7 peaked at 2.522 million TV-only viewers at the end of the first overtime (10:45-11 p.m. ET) and powered NBCSN to its most-watched primetime weeknight (1.716 million viewers; 8-11 p.m. ET) since last year’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 between Washington and Vegas on May 30 (3.678 million).
Hurricanes-Capitals Game 7 also produced an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 105,800 viewers for its live stream across NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-streamed First Round game in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
Overall, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs produced the most streamed First Round ever in all key metrics – 1.3 million uniques, 270.6 million minutes, and an AMA of 33,800 viewers.
Game 7 Overtime Thriller Between Golden Knights and Sharks Averages Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.138 Million Viewers, Most-Watched First Round Late Game on Cable in 16 Years
Maple Leafs-Bruins Game 7 Averages TAD of 1.378 Million Viewers, NBC Sports’ Third-Most Watched First Round Game on Cable
First Round Concludes Tonight with Game 7 of Carolina-Washington Series at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2019 – Last night’s two Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s delivered NBCSN with the network’s most-watched First Round doubleheader on record (since 2006) as well as several other viewership milestones, according to data from Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. Toronto-Boston and San Jose-Vegas combined for a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.243 million viewers, up 17% vs. the previous record set for two Game 7s in 2011 (Buf-Phi and Chi-Van, 1.060 million).
In last night’s second game, San Jose defeated Vegas, 5-4, in an overtime thriller. The game (9:57 p.m. – 1:31 a.m. ET) averaged a TAD of 1.138 million viewers, making it the most-watched First Round late game on cable in 16 years (2003, Col-Min, Game 7, 1.243 million, ESPN) and up 77% vs. the previous late Game 7 on cable in 2016 (Nas-Ana, 644,000, NBCSN).
Boston defeated Toronto 5-1 in the early game (6:55-9:41 p.m. ET), averaging a TAD of 1.378 million viewers on NBCSN. Despite the lopsided score, the contest was NBC Sports’ third-most watched First Round cable game on record, trailing only two other Game 7s (2018, Tor-Bos, 1.484 million; 2016, Chi-StL, 1.420 million). The game peaked with a TV-only audience of 1.880 million viewers from 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET.
Digitally, Maple Leafs-Bruins delivered an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 80,300 viewers, ranking as the most-watched live stream of a First Round game on record. The Golden Knights-Sharks overtime game streamed 15.7 million live minutes, the most ever for a Stanley Cup Playoff First Round game. It also produced an AMA of 73,300 viewers, which is the second-most watched live stream of a First Round game on record behind only Maple Leafs-Bruins.
Through 14 days, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are averaging a TAD of 633,000 viewers across NBC Sports’ cable and streaming platforms (NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app), up 11% compared to 2018 (572,000).
The First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs concludes tonight with yet one more Game 7 as the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Regular-Season Viewership Across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports App Averages Total Audience Delivery of 424,000 for Record 112 Games, Up 2% vs. Last Season
NHL Streaming Records Set for Live Minutes and Average Minute Audience
7 NHL Markets Set Local Records on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 8, 2019 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018-19 NHL regular season – which included a record 112 games as well as a record number of doubleheaders and games featuring Canadian and Western Conference teams – delivered viewership increases across all platforms, according to Nielsen. Combined viewership across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 424,000 viewers, up 2% vs. the 2017-18 regular-season (105 games, 417,000).
“This was our most diverse schedule yet, with a record number of doubleheaders featuring Western Conference teams and more Canadian teams in primetime than ever before,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President, Production, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Our goal was to celebrate the league’s expanding fan base and to showcase its exciting young stars. Frankly, we weren’t sure what the response would be, but we were committed to the league’s long-term benefit. So to have a viewership increase in year one is a huge win. And now we’re on to the greatest tournament in sports…the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”
Following are highlights:
Punctuated by the NHL Winter Classic and Stadium Series, NHL regular season coverage on NBC averaged a TAD of 1.316 million viewers across 12 games, up +2% from 2017-18 (12 games, 1.289 million).
The 2019 NHL Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, on Jan. 1 averaged a TAD of 2.972 million viewers, making it the most-watched Winter Classic in four years and up 20% vs. the 2018 game (2.482 million).
The overtime Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., in primetime on Feb. 23 averaged a TAD of 1.969 million viewers, up 76% vs. the comparable game in 2018 (1.117 million) and making it the most-watched non-Winter Classic regular-season game in five years.
The 2019 NHL All-Star Game from San Jose on Jan. 26 averaged a TAD of 1.087 million viewers, making it the third-most watched NHL All-Star Game in 15 years.
Across 100 games, the NHL regular season on NBCSN averaged a TAD of 313,000 viewers, up +4% vs. the 2017-18 regular season (93 games, 302,000). NBCSN’s coverage was highlighted by its Sunday night exclusive games, which averaged a TAD of 491,000, up +12% from last year (437,000).
The Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins game on March 10 averaged a TAD of 736,000 viewers, making it NBCSN’s most-watched NHL game since the season opener of the 2017-18 season (St. Louis-Pittsburgh, 905,000). It is also the most-watched Sunday night regular season game in three years.
NBC Sports’ streaming coverage of the 2018-19 NHL regular season delivered all-time records in live minutes (248.8 million) and Average Minute Audience (AMA) (10,700 viewers). The live minutes and AMA were up 54% and 36%, respectively, vs. last season.
The Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins game on Jan. 6 ranks as the most streamed NHL regular-season game ever, with 96,700 unique devices, 5.5 million live minutes, and an AMA of 35,000 viewers.
The 2019 Stadium Series game was the most-streamed Stadium Series game on record, delivering 62,000 unique devices, 4.3 million live minutes, and an AMA of 22,400 viewers.
Pittsburgh led all local markets with a 1.30 household rating for games on NBC and NBCSN. It also led all markets for NBC games with a 3.55 rating and finished second behind Buffalo (1.08) for games on NBCSN (1.02).
Seven local and neighboring NHL markets set household ratings records for games on NBCSN this season: Baltimore (2.70), Buffalo (13.76), Las Vegas (7.23), Nashville (3.10), St. Louis (7.67), Tampa (4.07), Washington (3.75).
Following are the Top 10 markets this season:
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NOTE: TAD measures viewership of a program across all platforms, including television and digital.
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Arsenal-Manchester United Ranks As 2nd-Most Watched Live Premier League Match in U.S. History
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Delivers Best Season-Opening INDYCAR Audience in NBC Sports History
Bruins-Penguins on “Star Sunday” Posts NBCSN’s Best Sunday Night NHL Regular Season Viewership in 3+ Years
Arnold Palmer Invitational Registers Its 2nd-Best Final Round Viewership Since 2012
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 12, 2019 – From noontime through Sunday night, NBC Sports’ presentation of a blockbuster Premier League match, the opening race of the INDYCAR season, an NHL “Star Sunday” matchup, and the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational set multiple viewership milestones.
The afternoon’s action started at 12:30 p.m. ET, as Arsenal defeated a streaking Manchester United side 2-0 to move into the Premier League’s top four. The match posted a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 1.68 million viewers across all platforms – NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Telemundo – to rank as the second most-watched live Premier League match in U.S. history (1.72 million for Manchester Derby, 4/7/18) according to live plus same day official national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (1:40-3:49 p.m. ET) averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 502,000 viewers across NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched INDYCAR season opener in NBC Sports history. The TAD of 502,000 viewers was up 94% compared to NBCSN’s first race last season in Phoenix (258,000 in primetime, 4/7/18) and up 42% vs. the 2018 average for NBCSN Sunday afternoon races last spring (353,000). The race peaked with 513,000 TV-only viewers in the final quarter-hour as Josef Newgarden took the checkered flag for Team Penske.
NBC Sports’ presentation of the Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night on NBCSN (7:33-10:15 p.m. ET) registered a TAD average of 733,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched NHL regular-season game on NBCSN since the season opener of the 2017-18 season (905,000 for Blues-Penguins, 10/4/17). Bruins-Penguins also ranks as the most-watched Sunday night regular-season game on NBCSN in more than three years (747,000 for Flyers-Rangers, 2/14/16).
Final round coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, highlighted by Francesco Molinari’s 8-under-par performance, averaged a TAD of 3.1 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Digital, ranking as the second most-watched final round of the event since 2012.
The ESPN telecast of the UFC 235 Prelims from 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET averaged a 1.0 metered market rating. Through four linear television events, ESPN has now aired the four highest-rated UFC telecasts on cable since the start of 2017. The rating held steady throughout the entire window, peaking during the Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens fight.