Rangers-Kings Game 2 Registers 6.4 Million Viewers – Best Game 2 on Record, Wins Primetime for NBC on Saturday Night
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – The New York Rangers look to regain momentum in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive coverage of Game 3.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.
Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, as well as a live interview with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title.
The Rangers look to bounce back with a Game 3 victory in the first Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win their first championship since 1940. The Rangers return to New York in a 0-2 hole despite never having trailed during the first two games of the series.
In Games 1 and 2, New York jumped out to two-goal leads in the first period, only to see the Kings come back and eventually force overtime. The Rangers carried a 4-2 lead into the third period of Game 2 before Dwight King and former Ranger Marian Gaborik scored to tie the game. The score stayed even until the midway point of double overtime, when Kings captain Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist to move Los Angeles within two wins of its second Stanley Cup in three years.
RANGERS-KINGS GAME 2 IS MOST-WATCHED GAME 2 ON RECORD WITH 6.4 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERS
Saturday night’s Game 2 (7:15-11:45 p.m. ET), in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 2 on record (since at least 1994). The game was up 60% vs. last year’s Game 2 on NBCSN (Bruins-Blackhawks, 4.0 million), and up 121% vs. 2012’s Game 2 on NBC that also featured the Kings (Kings-Devils, 2.9 million).
Viewership for the game peaked in the final quarter-hour (11:30-11:45 p.m. ET) with 7.6 million viewers. The 7:15-7:30 pre-game quarter-hour, which immediately followed Belmont Stakes coverage, averaged 9.1 million viewers. The game delivered a 3.7 HH rating.
Game 2 dominated primetime. NBC was No. 1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in A18-49 (2.0) and all other key measures. Game 2 ranked No. 1 in A18-49 in all six primetime half-hours, beat the other major broadcast networks combined in A18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.5).
New York delivered a 10.5 HH rating for Game 2, the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC or NBCSN in the market, and up from a 10.1 for Game 1, which was the previous record. Los Angeles scored a 8.9 HH rating, the second-highest such game ever in Los Angeles, behind only the 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 (13.6), which was when the Kings clinched their first-ever championship. L.A. did a 7.1 HH rating for Game 1.
Last night’s Game 2, which ended in the second overtime, delivered 9.0 million minutes of live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, the most ever for an NHL game, according to Adobe Analytics. It surpassed last year’s Stanley Cup Final triple-overtime Game 1, which produced 8.9 million minutes of consumption. Game 2 was watched by 219,677 unique viewers.
TOP METERED MARKETS FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2
|1. New York||10.5/21|
|2. Los Angeles||8.9/21|
|6. West Palm Beach||5.8/11|
|9. Las Vegas||5.3/10|
|10. San Diego||4.9/12|
|10. St. Louis||4.9/9|
Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|Mon., June 9||Stanley Cup Final – Game 3||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., June 11||Stanley Cup Final – Game 4||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8:00 p.m.|
|Fri., June 13||Stanley Cup Final – Game 5*||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Mon., June 16||Stanley Cup Final – Game 6*||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., June 18||Stanley Cup Final – Game 7*||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
* if necessary
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.
One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:
- NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
- NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
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