Ivan Provorov #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers plays the puck versus Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins throughout the very first duration in a Round Robin video game throughout the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Scotiabank Arena on August 02, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario.
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The NHL started its Stanley Cup Qualifiers video games over the weekend and NBC Sports launched its viewership figures on Sunday, supplying some insight into how popular they were.
Saturday’s doubleheader video games balanced 1.3 million audiences, which NBC Sports stated was the “most-watched NHL doubleheader in four years” leaving out pre-Covid-19 playoff contests.
The Montreal Canadiens’ overtime triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday balanced 1.5 million overall audiences. It peaked at approximately 2 million TV-only audiences in between 11 p.m. and 11: 15 p.m. ET. The Chicago Blackhawks win over the Edmonton Oilers balanced one million overall audiences. It peaked at 1.4 million TV-only audiences in between 5: 45 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
The Flyers-Bruins contest on Sunday balanced 1.4 million audiences. It peaked at 1.8 million audiences in between 5: 45 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports consisted of streaming numbers in its viewership overalls, otherwise referred to as “total audience delivery” or LITTLE, utilizing details put together by Nielsen digital information from Adobe Analytics.
“The competition over the weekend was absolutely sensational,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman informed CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Monday while talking about the bubble schools in Toronto and Edmonton. “The games were intense, emotional, hard-hitting and you’re seeing the extraordinarily competitive balance that you’re seeing in the NHL. So, it makes for a great tournament.”
The NHL resumes its Stanley Cup Qualifiers video games on Monday with 6 contests set up.
Disclosure: NBC and CNBC are owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal system.