Hockey Day delivers heat

NBC Sports Group saw Sunday’s Hockey Day In America tripleheader averaged more than 1.2 million viewers across NBC and NBCSN, rising 21% over year-ago coverage, according to Nielsen. NBC’s Blackhawks/Wild matchup handed the channel with a 1.13 HH rating with an average of 1.86 million viewers to become the second-most watched Hockey Day In America game ever, not counting regionalized coverage. Meanwhile, NBCSN’s Red Wings/Rangers battle served up a 0.42 HH rating and averaged 694,000 viewers to become the network’s most-watched Hockey Day In America telecast of all time. Meanwhile, the Penguins/Sabres faceoff notch a 0.71 HH rating. Through 61 games, NBCSN is on pace to have its most-watched NHL regular season ever, averaging 361,000 viewers, up 8% over 2015 viewership.

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