The triple-overtime thriller in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Finals game one since 1997. The game was the most-watched game one on NBC since 2006 and 119% over last year.
The game registered a 3.9 rating, up 117% over 2012.
Locally, Boston led all markets with a 28.1 rating while Chicago was second with a 25.1 rating
Sunday Night Football Top Rated Program for the 2012-2013 TV Season– The 2012-2013 television season is over and Sunday Night Football has been crowned the top-rated prime-time program for the year. NBC has earned that honor for the second straight year. Over the course of the 19 telecasts Sunday Night Football earned an average audience of 21.5 million viewers.
TNT Nets a 5.3 Rating for NBA Eastern Conference Finals Opener– Turner Sports reports that last night’s opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals register an average rating of 5.3 with 8.2 million viewers. The rating was up 10% over the network’s coverage of the first game of the Western Conference Finals last year.
Finebaum Joins ESPN and SEC Network– ESPN has announced that it has hired long-time sports voice Paul Finebaum to host a radio show which will eventually be simulcast on the SEC Network. The radio show will debut this August with the simulcast on the SEC Network to begin in August of 2014. Finebaum will also appear on a variety of other shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.
Coca-Cola 600 This Weekend on Fox– Fox Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday evening with the Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coverage begins at 5:30p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip. When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.
The NFL dominates this week’s Sports Media Weekly program.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I spend our entire news segment looking at the issue of the replacement officials in the NFL and the reaction across all segments of the media to their work. We point to those outside the sports media talking about this story and how the “train wreck” that has been the replacement officials may actually benefit the NFL as some non-football fans may begin watching the games to see how the referees will mess up this week’s games.
Ken and I also bring up the news from late last week that the NFL Network has reached an agreement with Time Warner cable to include the network on its cable line-up. It’s a deal that has been seven years in the making for Time Warner cable subscribers.
Our guest this week is Joe Flint, television and media reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Joe is a regular on the paper’s Company Town blog on latimes.com. Joe joins us to talk a little about the NFL officials flap, but also spends time taking about the deal Time Warner has the the Lakers to create a team-specific network for cable subscribers. We also talk to Joe about the role the business of sports plays for the television networks, the recent Emmy Awards, and someone named Honey Boo Boo…
It looks like the NBC Sports Group (NBCSG) will soon be getting into the sports radio business.
NBCSG will partner with Dial Global Sports beginning this September to distribute a NBC Sports Radio Network. The network’s content will include hourly sports news updates, daily features as well as full-length shows.
NBC Sports’ audio content will be streamed on NBCSports.com, DialGlobalSports.com, affiliate stations’ websites and other streaming services. On-demand short-form audio content will also be distributed online and through podcasts and other digital applications. Dial Global will be the exclusive ad and affiliate sales representative to the network.
“We are thrilled to bring the rich heritage of NBC Sports to listeners across national radio for the first time,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group in a press release. “By adding radio to our broadcast, cable, regional, and digital assets, the NBC Sports Radio Network will give sports fans a new way to interact with the NBC Sports Group day in and day out.”
“Dial Global is excited to partner with NBC Sports Group to expand upon Dial Global’s live play-by-play platform. We are confident that with NBC’s sports assets, we will create a leading full service sports network and bring great sports audio to listeners across America,” said Spencer Brown, Co-CEO of Dial Global.
The new NBC Sports Radio Network will feature national and local talent and programs will be of national and regional nature. Specific programming and commentator details will be announced at a later date.
At first glance it looks like NBC Sports is continuing to go after ESPN on another platform, this time radio. I will reserve judgement until a schedule is released and programming begins.
NBC and the NFL have announced that Super Bowl XLVI, the Pro Bowl, and the network’s two Wild Card Playoff games will be streamed live to computers in the United States. This is the first time the NFL post season will be available to live viewing online.
NBC Postseason Extra will provide the streaming on NBC Sports.com and NFL.com. Streaming of the games will also be made available on the NFL Mobile app on Verizon.
“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch their favorite sport during their favorite time of the year,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL Senior Vice President of Media Strategy and Development in a press release.
“With a heritage of streaming live NFL games since 2008, we are especially excited to now bring our unique and innovative SNF Extra video experience to the NFL Playoffs, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl,” said Rick Cordella, Vice President & General Manager, NBC Sports Digital Media. “By adding multiple camera angles, HD-quality video, DVR controls along with social interactivity, our online streaming represents a compelling, second-screen experience that nicely complements NBC’s on-air presentation.”
The service will be implemented on January 7th as NBC provides coverage of two Wild Card playoff games.