From Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report...
"Sunday’s NHL Stadium Series matchup on NBC between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils from Yankee Stadium (1:27-4:30 p.m. ET) averaged 2.079 million viewers and produced a 1.3 HH rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated single NHL regular-season game ever on NBC, both excluding NHL Winter Classics, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company."
Carp adds that the broadcast peaked in the 3-3:30 p.m. ET (1.5 HH rating and 2.299 million) half hour.
Locally, Carp notes that the game generated a 5.1 rating in New York, which matched the highest rating in that market for any NHL game ever broadcast on NBC (Gm. 1 LA-NJ Stanley Cup Final, 5/30/12). Sunday’s broadcast also generated the best-ever rating in the New York market for an NHL regular-season game on NBC. NBC was the No. 1 network in the New York market within the 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET time period.
...these ratings pretty much guarantee that the Stadium Series will be back in New York in some capacity next season. It might not be at Yankee Stadium again, but I could definitely see Citi Field or MetLife Stadium on the NHL's radar.
...while tomorrow night's game, which is being broadcast on NBC Sports Network, won't come close to those numbers, it will be interesting to see if it breaks any of that network's numbers nationally and in the New York market.
...i'm also wondering how the frigid temperatures will effect the attendance at the game. I still plan on braving the elements, but I'm sure plenty of fans are contemplating whether watching the game from their warm living room might be the better option. And if you're one of those people, suck it up cupcake.
Bring toe or foot warmers and a flask of bourbon. You'll be alright.
$5 coffee/hot cocoa, $12 with stadium series mug.
I parked in the Rupert garage closest to the stadium as I got there early. That was nice and all-until after the game. After sitting in traffic for an hour the stadium was still directly on our left. The post game on MSG had ended and we were still stuck there Lol.
"Second Outdoor N.H.L. Game in Bronx Now a Hot Ticket"
Regardless of the real way we feel about Bettman and the NHL, you can't deny it was a smart move on their part to schedule such a big event for the weekend before the Super Bowl. The NBA sucks, we're still weeks from March Madness, and while the majority of the country is freezing their asses off in their homes looking for something to watch, the NHL provided. Most people just want something to watch (remember when the NHL was locked out and suddenly watching poker on TV became a thing??) Good way to get your foot in to the door of homes that will need something to watch after their brackets have been completely busted in late March and the NHL Playoff push is in full swing.
As someone who braved Sunday's game... let me warn you that if the temps on Wednesday are like what they had on Sunday, there will be no beverages other than beer and $5 warm bottles of Pepsi on the upper level (300-400 sections). Don't even think that there was water in bathrooms at one point as "the lines froze".
@TheNYRBlog dress warm... wear plenty of layers. make sure that your cotton layer is next to your skin... Get hand warmers or thermacare heat wraps they will be your best friend.
I hope that they had time to restock all the Rangers gear as many of the merchandise stands were out by the 1st intermission and only had Islanders crap
Otherwise it was great, will be watching it from my couch.
Some days I miss NY.
1" of snow in ATL has the city & 'burbs in a total panic.
I laugh & tell ppl all about your one foot last week, which I'm sure didn't cause half the havoc we're experiencing today.
NHL should blow the Rangers because maybe 25k of those viewers were watching the devils and you wonder why the dolans are such dousches Rangers own Hockey
Outstanding! Love it. I can't wait for tomorrow night. I didn't think it was all that cold on Sunday, really. I'm sure it'll feel a little colder tomorrow night, but if the Rangers score half as many goals as they did on Sunday, I won't even notice.
Where else can Bettman put a rink? I hear hes thinking about the arctic circle. Maybe one in the swiss alps.
@TheNYRBlog wonder if Rangers- Isles would have done even better numbers on Sunday afternoon, battle of New York in Yankee stadium
agree - like anything else, won't be as unique/special to do it every year. also, they picked a good weekend (no football). either way, fired up for tomorrow night!
http://blueshirtsunited.com/videos/4965/stadium-series-what-would-your-walk-up-song-be#.UufplL_0DLYjust posting this to show Kreider... kid is a clown. Sign him for 15 years.
Breaks record of the number of people who suffered through Doc and the Turtlehead's broadcast stylings.
This goes smack into the face of (small market )Bettman. He has tried to build the NHL brand in the USA around Crosby of Pitts. and Ovechkin of Washington. The incredible number of viewers at the Stadium and on the tube in NY and around the country is an absolute credit to the NYR brand and to the great brand of the greatest city in the world and to the great brand of the greatest sports arena in the world. I wonder what Bettman will learn??
if anyone is interested in going to the game, let me know, selling 2 tickets sec 224, row 12 for 299/ticket (will entertain other offers).
Would be very interesting to do MetLife on like a Friday/Saturday/Sunday the weekend before the Super Bowl, let the Rangers, Devils and Islanders each have a home game against 3 other nearby teams, like the Caps, Flyers and Sabres or something. A Football Stadium definately seems like it would provide more/better seats, which would mean more $$$ for the teams and league.
It should also be noted that Marty Brodeur broke the most cronuts consumed in 1 sitting record. The timing is in dispute, but it was likely during the 3rd period when he had the best seat in the house.
@TheNYRBlog They should have at Met Life stadium next year so the rangers can legally make it a home game..and u kno...its closer to me.lol
@TheNYRBlog Met Life would be a much better venue for these games. The sightlines would be so much better for those in attendence.
@NH_NYR_88Always best to drive to my Alma Mater (152nd St. and GR. Concourse) and park there. Then take a 10 to 12 minute walk to The Stadium.
Kreider was awesome. Man In The Box from Stralman...he needs to be signed just for that! What's up with all the country songs, I thought they said music!! Stepan...this one time at band camp...
@KreiderisTheChosenOneThat is an interesting one. The present Super Bowl is having trouble selling tickets because, I believe (no offense to anyone here) the Meadowlands is about as far away from Manhattan as Scottsdale, AZ. People do not want to travel to NJ in order to enjoy all of what NYC offers. It is too costly and too inconvenient. Now a Bruins NYR winter classic at the Home of Champions........that would create a lot of attention. Could you imagine if Torts was still coach.....that game would do incredible numbers!
The ceremonial puck could be dropped through Bill Buckner's legs ;-)
If the past is any indication... nothing
@gravey94 Please note- In addition, Marty is also currently the record holder for being the biggest fatso crybaby in all of sports.
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