"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.