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 grown over the decades, which has included 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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