NHL back with best American TV rating in years
Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, of Russia (71) tries to controls the puck between Ruslan Fedotenko, of Ukraine (26) and Zac Rinaldo (36) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Published Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:02PM EST
NEW YORK - NHL fans in the United States have tuned in to hockey's return to television.
NBC's broadcast Saturday earned the highest preliminary rating for a non-Winter Classic regular-season game since 2002. The network said Sunday its regional coverage of Blackhawks-Kings and Penguins-Flyers averaged a 2.0 overnight rating. That's up 67 per cent from the average for regular-season games on NBC last year.
The abbreviated NHL season opened Saturday after a lockout wiped out the first three months.
Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.