NHL All-Star game sees huge boost in viewership

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According to Sports Media Watch, the NHL All-Star Game had a 1.3 final rating and 2.3 million viewers on NBC Sunday afternoon, up 44% in ratings and 42% in viewership from last year

Figures do not include the 19,000 who streamed coverage on NBC Sports digital platforms. With those numbers added to the mix, the game had a slightly larger audience (2.28M vs. 2.26M).

Pittsburgh led all markets with a 6.1 rating, followed by Buffalo at a 5.3. Minneapolis-St. Paul was a distant third (3.7), with St. Louis (3.4) and Chicago (3.1) rounding out the top five. The top 10 markets:

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Despite the stronger numbers, the NHL All-Star Game still trailed the other Big Four All-Star games by a wide margin. The NFL Pro Bowl had a 4.2 and 7.4 million later in the night, last year’s NBA All-Star Game had a 4.3 and 7.6 million, and last year’s MLB All-Star Game had a 5.4 and 8.7 million.

This years ratings continue a general upward trend since 2007, the overall low rating for the last 10 All-Star games.

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Weekend ratings table: here.
Numbers from NBC Sports Group: here.

By Jon Sorensen

@aleksandrovechkinofficial and @snoopdogg (📸 @capitals)

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has done nothing but grow over the decades, including time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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