NHL Hits the Playoffs on a High

With the NHL’s regular season over, NBC Sports Group announced several viewership records set ahead of today’s playoffs. NBCSN completed its most-watched full regular season ever, averaging 351,000 viewers over 88 telecasts, for a 6% rise versus the last full regular season in 2011-12. (Note: last year’s lockout-shortened season averaged 392,000 on the network.) NBC is also pacing ahead for its most-watched regular season since it began broadcasting the NHL with the 2005-06 season. While national data is not yet available for NBC’s final broadcast this past Sunday, the network averaged 1.73 million viewers through its first 12 games, which tops the previous best of 1.65 million viewers for the 2010-11 season and is up 22% vs. last year’s lockout-shortened season. Overall, through 100 regular-season games across NBC and NBCSN, the 2013-14 season is averaging 532,000 viewers, up 11% over the last full regular season.

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