NBC Sports announces Winter Classic ratings numbers


From the last graph, you can see why they’d want one of these in the D.C. area, which speculation has happening in 2014.

From NBC Sports:

2012 Winter Classic up two percent vs. last afternoon Winter Classic
Five of six most-watched NHL regular-season games in past 37 years are Winter Classics

NEW YORK — January 3, 2012 — The NHL Winter Classic continues to demonstrate its success as it has now produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 37 years. Yesterday’s 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers from Citizen’s Bank Park averaged 3.74 million viewers, according to fast national data provided by Nielsen Media Research, making it the fifth-most watched regular-season NHL game since 1975.
Viewership for the game was up two percent compared to the last NHL Winter Classic played in the afternoon, the 2010 contest played on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park between the Boston Bruins and Flyers, which was watched by 3.68 million.
This year’s game was played on Monday, Jan. 2 due to New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday. The previous four Winter Classics were all played on Jan. 1. Yesterday’s game also had a delayed start time of 3 p.m. ET, which was announced the day before the game, due to weather conditions related to player safety. The start time had originally been scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
Last year’s Winter Classic, broadcast on New Year’s Day in primetime from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and featuring two of the NHL’s most popular players in Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years with 4.5 million viewers.
4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins
Yesterday’s game produced a 2.1 rating and 4 share equaling the last Winter Classic played during the afternoon (2010 – 2.1/4). Last year’s primetime game generated a 2.3 rating and 4 share. The rating for this year’s contest built every half hour from 5 pm ET until the conclusion of the game, peaking at a 2.7 for the final segment (6-6:08 p.m. ET).
Philadelphia led all markets with an 11.9/21 rating, almost doubling the 6.0/11 rating the market produced for the 2010 game when the Flyers were the visitors against the Bruins at Fenway Park.
New York posted a 4.3/9 rating, up 65 percent versus the 2.6/6 average for the market for the four previous Winter Classics, none of which involved a New York team.
1. Philadelphia, 11.9/21
2. Buffalo, 7.8/13
3. Boston, 5.1/9
4. Pittsburgh, 4.4/8
T5. New York, 4.3/9
T5. Washington D.C., 4.3/8
7. Providence, 3.8/7
8. Richmond, 3.1/5
9. Baltimore, 2.9/5
10. Minneapolis, 2.7/6

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  1. LOL @ all the Tappen references. Nice job, guys.

    And great review Carp! You pretty much said what I was thinking all day yesterday about the game and the coverage.

    I can’t wait for 24/7 this week, but alas will have to find a link online or watch when I get back to STL since no HBO in NY.

  2. 3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage

    Remember when FOX did hockey? That was awesome!!! When it’s good, people watch!!

  3. billybleedsblue on

    AND lol, I just googled “kathryn tappen rangers” (I’m not sure why anyone would ever google that phrase but) and a certain RR came up at the top of the results lol. This may be because google ‘knows’ my habits, but I thought it was funny nonetheless :D

  4. TBLightning Tampa Bay Lightning
    Steven Stamkos ties is at 2 with 8:05 remaining in the period- his league leading 27th goal. Assist St. Louis.

    Kathryn Tappen that aasen!

  5. Milbury being critical of Tortorella and championing the “integrity of the game” was surely just a subversive yet finely nuanced and subtle send up of the irony of Scott Hartnell preaching respect yesterday, by such a remarkable practitioner of this brand of deep satire.

    Or he’s being a monumental asshat. One of the two…

  6. Stranger Nation on

    Milbury getting on Torts for integrity of the game. Really? Really? Cmon Mike. We only have to look back 2 weeks ago when NBC lead studio analyst was assaulting a 12 yr old at a local hockey rink.

  7. Oh and Carp, what you wrote about the band? My Dad, who is NOT a hockey fan at all, happened to walk into the room when they were playing and said ‘wtb is that racket??!’. Pretty priceless. And I happen to think that my Dad is closer in age to you than he is to me, plus he’s all excited that Gunsmoke and Rawhide are on this newfangled MeTV station, so takt that for what it’s worth. LOL.

  8. >>LOL @ all the Tappen references. Nice job, guys.

    Tappen should be made a new verb. We just need a good definition for it now.

  9. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Just wondering what would happen to journalists and reporters who take the commercialism out of major sports events references, such as just saying or writing “Winter Classic” instead of “Bridgestone Winter Classic,” or “Fiesta Bowl” instead of “Tostidos Fiesta Bowl, or, a few years back “The Forum,” instead of “The Great Western Forum,” the one, thanks to Dr. Jerry Buss, which started this tidal wave of commericial overkill.

    Plus you can’t even follow a ballgame anymore without the “This call to the bullpen brought to you by ….” “The seventh inning stretch is brought to you by….” “The out of town scoreboard is brought to you by…”

    So what happens if you don’t fall in line – you lose your job? Your publication is sued by Bridgestone Tires? Your wife divorces you and takes the kids?

    I mean, I know we are supposed to suffer the Geico, Kars For Kids, Auto Zone and Office Depot commercials about 1500 times per year, each, but dam, there is a tolerance limit for being inundated by this crap.

    Frankly, I have had enough of being constantly battered by the droning used car salesman patter of these basher advertisers. They seem to think that the more “impressions” they make on us, the more responsive we will be toward patronizing their products. How incredibly wrong can they be?

  10. >>Just wondering what would –happen– to journalists and reporters…

    Um, I think you misspelled Tappen.

  11. It kind of bothers me that Philly a city less then a quarter the size of New York had more then double the viewers. If this reads right their were more people in Boston, Buffalo and Pittsburgh watching a NEW YORK RANGERS game, then actual Ranger fans in here in New York. Am I crazy for being totally disappointed?

  12. Too much going on in NY to sit inside and watch a Hockey game. Decent weather. If it was in NYC I bet it would blow the doors off all the other games.

  13. Boom Boom, they would get fired. The nets make a TON of money off those sponsorships. As do the teams. It’s just the world we live in these days, sadly.

  14. I think a number of Rangers fans were either A) at the game or 2) watching at a party/watering hole where the exact numbers aren’t counted by Nielsen or C) out and about since it was a day off for a lot of people.

  15. great flyers-other team review carp!! u have been spot on about alot o things with the team especially when we all panicked at the start of the season. dont ever leave us man!

  16. Just watched the Carcillo hit on Gilbert. You know you are dealing with a special individual when the first thing the _Blackhawks_ announcer says as he’s watching it is “That’ll be a suspension”.

  17. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, with all the assenclownery going on around here the last couple days, the best line to me is still “Philadelphia — the city so nice they named it once.”

    Hhahahahaa, that’s brilliant!

    And now back to our regularly scheduled Kathryn Tappen…

  18. Just watching some of the Hyper Bowl again….

    Oh yeah, and Carp nailed it earlier, last night was Dubinsky’s best game of the season. He was a beast. He was directly responsible for the Richards goal. It was his hard play that forced the icing and faceoff in the Filthy zone (the NBC coverage is so bad that you don’t see who wins the faceoff)…eventually the puck makes its way to Girardi…he makes the sick pinch and makes the pass to Cally…Cally to Dubi….Dubi to Richie….3-2

    (Btw, I downloaded the game….and I didn’t pay for it)

  19. sorry if this gets long

    just heard news earlier tonight that my uncle
    (and jpg’s sister’s uncle)
    who has “cancer” is getting the
    “just make him comfortable”

    kind of shocked, not shocked by this

    don’t give much of a carcillo for myself here
    but feel terribly awful for my dad
    who is very close to his younger brother
    and is already upset about his older
    brother being put in a nursing home a few months ago
    when he (and my aunt) could have lived in a
    brand new home with 24 hour nurse but one daughter
    “outvoted” others

    so, no offense to all here, but i’d rather go for a miracle
    with my uncle right now than a sip from Stanley’s silver chalice
    this year

    thanks for listening. don’t know why i blabbed
    just getting things off my chest, i guess.

  20. The one notable from Hank’s FAN interview was him saying when the penalty shot call was made, first, he freaked out for second.

  21. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Kathryn Tappen that aasen!

    I wish!!! ;-D

    Carp, great writeups of the game action, and your feelings about the whole spectacle.

    I’ll tell you this – if I was an owner or GM of a team, I would NOT agree to participate in any future Winter Classic game unless it was held in *my team’s* hometown – and I dearly hope that the “brain trust” of the Rangers tells Bettman in no uncertain terms that we don’t play second fiddle to any other team again – if you want us in the game, work it out so it will be played in New York City, or go ask somebody else.

  22. JimboWoodside on

    jpg, our prayers and condolences go out to your family – it’s a very tough thing to go through. We went through it with my gf’s mom some years ago.

  23. good luck, jpg. thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Boom, I try to not use the corporate names ever. Especially names of arenas. Never been fired yet. They’re paying somebody to sponsor, but they’re not paying my employer, and they sure as hell ain’t paying me to say it or write it. Many years ago, our annual PGA tournament was the Westchester Classic, then a bunch of sponsors put their name in front of it, and yet everybody (especially me) continued to call it the Westchester Classic or just the Classic. Finally, a sponsor took the word Classic completely out of the name.

    NYC, did you see how the N.Y. papers treated the Winter Classic? It was buried inside.

  24. Wicky©"I think the NHL Network host was named Kathryn Tappen" on

    there is something at the very end of the last thread that really stinks and you may want to throw it out!!

  25. thanks, billy. I enjoyed that one myself.

    I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more comments mocking the Empire State Building fiasco with me.

  26. Wicky©"I think the NHL Network host was named Kathryn Tappen" on

    jpg and sis
    best of luck and wishes to you guys and your fam!

  27. Wicky©"I think the NHL Network host was named Kathryn Tappen" on

    no worries, least I could do. It’s tough having puppies when they have accidents on the floor!

  28. Can you guys believe what that piece of carcillo Talbot tried to do yesterday? Fuggin’ cheap shot artist…

    He went airborne right into Girardi, a good 3 feet off ice! Good thing Girardi ducked! Bwaha!! Talbot went straight into boards…

  29. jpg and sis, I’m so sorry to hear that. All my prayers to you and your family at this time. I know what that is like, sad to say. (hugs for you both)

  30. I absolutely love the hit Gaby makes on Briere! Awesome! Lays him out flat on the ice…

    I can’t wait until Gaby beats the snot out of Kopecky on Thursday….

  31. Gaborik’s a pretty physical player; not implying that he looks for a big hit every shift, but he certainly doesn’t shy away from contact that often.

  32. Philly fans were ok yesterday a huge surprise, probably because a lot of first timers there. Gabby was real good, not mentioned much. Needed to replace the Roots with George Thorogood, nobody was into them. How about the Kate Smith tribute i vommited in my mouth, that old bat looked dead when she was alive. Hartnell doesn’t compare to Boobie Clarke as a scumbag, but he’s trying and Milbury is clearly a complete jackwagon and a trainwreck waiting to happen, be patient Ranger fans. Need everybody healthy and a top 6 forward and we could be scary. bTW we are really in the Flyers heads and I think Hank gets in other teams heads this yr. And it really shows when we get a lead. Nice. Lots of Blue in Sec 112 PRICELESS IN PHILADELPHIA

  33. >>>thats right Jimbo we are nobody’s sloppy seconds!

    Absolutely *not*!! It made me sick how they were waxing poetic about the Broad Street Bullies team of the 70’s in the intermission shows – if that team were playing today, NBC would probably refuse to carry their games…oh, wait! They own the team! Nevermind!

    Bob Clarke, a role model….? For who? – axe murderers!?

    The New York Rangers have been around since 1926 – and they’ve won four Stanley Cups, and had near-misses a few times in those years also. Philly won two cups in succession by physically beating the daylights out of the rest of the league – how valiant! They only won two cups with that thug team, and *nothing* since that thug team fell apart.

  34. Sorry to hear that, jpg/jpg sis. My step-mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago. Stage 4, or something. She’s doing pretty good now though.

    I’m pretty sure the two “C’s” in cancer stand for Carcillo and Cooke. Probably the “R” is Rutuu. I don’t know aboot the other letters. Any ideas?

  35. Way before my time, but I went back and read about the Summit Series in the 70s….can’t believe what I learned about the piece of clarke Bobby Clarke….

    “If I hadn’t learned to lay on a two-hander once in a while, I’d never have left Flin Flon.” In defending his two-handed ankle-breaking slash to the Soviet’s top player, Valeri Kharlamov .

    I hate Philly….

  36. @Martakrupa: I watched it last night! Amazinggggg! RT @WojtekWolski86: Just saw the american version of the girl with the dragon tattoo. Its even better than the swedish one. Best movie #ThisYear

    AHA! That’s why Marta Krupa is a Rangers fan. She’s dating Wolski! If Wolski doesn’t play his best hockey, than I don’t know what else can motivate him!

    Although, maybe dating her fuggs with his head, because her sister is even hotter. Lucky guy!

  37. Top ten flyer scum
    1. Boobie Clarke
    2. Ed Snider
    3. Ken Linesman
    4. Dave Schultz
    5. Dave Brown
    6. Behn Wilson
    7. Scott Hartnell
    8. Mel Bridgeman
    9. Ron Hextall
    10.Gene Hart
    What do u think Carp? Lots of HM also

  38. Clarke was a real piece of carcillo – and without his deadly stick, which he used like a scalpel or a tomahawk legitimat(and a team full of goons to protect him if any opposing player wanted to have a legitimate go at him with fists) he was a real rotten skunk.

  39. billybleedsblue on

    nice list Hedberg

    Not like I was around yet, but, Kharlamov was never the same after Clarke chopped him down, and it was really disturbing to see that story covered during yesterday’s game as if Clarke was some kind of hero. Granted, at the time, it was a very Cold War with a big “Us vs. Them” sentiment, but seriously folks, it was an exhibition!

    Eh, enough said, we all know what’s good around here. That doesn’t change the fact that I couldn’t believe how they portrayed the whole thing. Shame on you NBC!

  40. Kharlamov was an *excellent* hockey player – if he wanted to (and was allowed to), he could have come to North America and he would have been a star player in the NHL. Loads of speed, a great shot, and a real nose for hitting the net.

    I wasn’t fans of them at the time, anything but – but that Soviet team was really a powerhouse. And they had Tretiak in net!

  41. Ease up a bit there, Voice. thanks.

    Hedberg, Schultz has to be No. 2 or 3. There’s a video of him beating up Brad Park — a Hall of Famer, who was pretty tough — and Schultz kept hammering him while Park was down being held by the linesmen. He always fought guys who didn’t want to fight him. Forced them to defend themselves. was a real piece of steaming carcillo.

    And, sad to say, I’ve gotten to know Dave Brown since he retired and there couldn’t be a more gentlemanly, courteous, respectful, friendly, soft-spoken guy. Shocking, because he was absolute mayhem as a player.

  42. I know I’ve told this story before:

    Back in the 1980s, the night that President Reagan was shot, the Flyers were playing at the Garden. The starters were on the blue lines for the anthem when the P.A. guy asked everybody to stand for a moment of silent prayer for the president.

    And during the silence, a guy in the blue seats with leather lungs hollered: “They shoulda shot you Clarke!”


  43. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, you may have told that one before (“They shoulda shot you Clarke!”), but this was the first time I read it — very funny stuff indeed!

  44. Those are the kind of fans that I used to sit with up in the blues, Carp – I had no idea that humans (without electronic amplification) could shout so loudly…

  45. Just saw on Jimmie Fallon info for tonight’s shoe that Sean Avery is going to be on the show and it is a new show.

  46. The Wavery P.R. Tour continues…..

    Brooks can put out the press release tomorrow, recap it for everyone.

    Irresponsibly use his postion to try and convince people it was all Torts’ fault,
    just like he’s been trying to do (except that record is looming large now, isn’t it Larry?).

    God go away already.

  47. Word is Avery backed out of Fallon tonight. They’ll have some comedian as the 2nd guest to replace him. No way he would have appeared after being waived. I’m just surprised they didn’t try to replace him with Hank or something (less controversial, but still a good NBC tie-in to the Winter Class for SYNERGY!)

  48. (I should have noted that Fallon’s show’s web site was confirmation – no sign of Avery anywhere in the episode guide for tonight)

  49. thanks for all of the kind thoughts concerning my Uncle/Godfather and jpg’s Uncle we appreciate, you guys are the best

  50. From SNY:

    “It appears that the Connecticut Whale has re-signed forward Aaron Voros to his second Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement this season. Voros, 30, has played in 15 games with the Whale already, scoring twice and assisting three times. He has collected 17 penalty-minutes, a minus-7 rating, and 15 shots on goal. The former New York Rangers forward was placed on a line with newcomer, and long-time friend, Sean Avery and rookie Ryan Bourque when they Whale lost to the Portland Pirates on Monday. His line played with a lot of energy, and was very aggressive on the puck.

    Voros played well for the Whale in December, and could earn an AHL contract (Standard Player Contract (SPC)) when this PTO expires before the end of the month. His physical play and size is something that the Whale could use on their current roster, and those assets have made him an important player on the team.

    If there is an NHL club that would like to sign him, possibly the Rangers’ (there are no signs of interest, though), then Voros may sign a deal, even if he eventually signs a SPC with the Whale. His performances over the next couple of weeks will likely determine where he signs.”

  51. RC: still calls the whatever center the Hartford Meadows and the XXL center the Civic Center!

  52. NYR-fan, I saw Voros at W77 and Sean A. there after 2nd Pearl Jam show. Didn’t they go on vaction with Brad Richards before Rangers signed him?

  53. Saw Seanny boy at Jones Beach for Phish once. He was with some retired B-list goon (damnit it’s going to kill me that I cannot remember who) wasted telling everyone he was his limo driver.

  54. and now that he’s no longer a Ranger I felt it was safe to post on this board. probably does a lot of ellis dee!

  55. since nobody else is posting i have a confession to make.

    i moved out to the west coast 6 months ago. in that time i have taken up the LA Kings as my “other team”. know this: i watch ever Rangers game I can and bleed Ranger blue. well i would if i could but you know what i mean!

    Furthermore: i’ve liked the Kings for many years even after Gretzky’s departure. Deadmarsh, Pallfy, even that Jason Alison kid! and they rarely ever play the Rangers.

    Got a Dustin Brown shirt for Xmas as well (a present to myself).

    Henceforth that is my confession. i hope it’s okay. that is all.

  56. moreover: my supposed circling of the bandwagon can in no way be related to the fact that San Jose is no longer the powerhouse it once was and Anaheim’s struggles as i have no love for either team. I simply had no other teams to choose from.

    so there you have it. i’ve come clean wearing my heart on my sleeve. take it for what it’s worth. BUT I ADMIT IT I’M A FRAUD!!!!!1111

  57. just checking in one last time before going to sleep, noonan, at least you are a true blue knowledgeable fan, I know some people who attend Kings games just to see celebrities there. Good Night, good luck in the west, big change, I would think

  58. thanks jpg means a lot! it’s not easy getting adjusted out here but the summer will help.

    i read something about you going through a crisis but my internet has been down. in cases where things are out of control all we can do is be there for our family and have hope. because without hope we have nothing. no matter how stacked the deck is against you be strong and don’t give up because we are all we got!

    I’m not a religious man but I’ve gotten more spiritual in recent times. This prayer has helped me get through a lot in my struggles:

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Peace, jpg have a good night. You’ll be in my prayers

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