NHL playoff ratings up in U.S. but down in Canada

AHN Sports Staff

Toronto, Canada (AHN Sports) – The NHL playoffs have had its share of exciting moments but they seem to be resonating more with fans in the United States than in Canada.

With no Canadian teams left in the conference finals, ratings for the 2012 NHL playoffs are down significantly in Canada from what they were last year.

To soften the blow is the fact that ratings in the U.S. are posting record highs.

NBC’s coverage of the NHL playoffs in the United States has hit record levels with the conference semi-finals averaging 1.32 million viewers a game, making them the most watched on the network since they began broadcasting hockey in 1994.

Canadian ratings are not following suit, the biggest problem being the lack of a team from the Great White North, like Montreal or Toronto.

In 2011 the NHL playoffs claimed three spots in the top 30 most watched programs on Canadian television, according to BBM Canada ratings for the week of May 9 – 15, 2011 with the most watched game attracting over three million viewers.

In 2012 1.9 million and 1.3 million viewers watched NHL playoff games and those games ranked eighth and 23rd on the list of the most watched programs.

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