The NBA Is Destroying The NHL In The Battle For Postseason Cable TV Ratings

2014-04-24 0 1 36 YouTube

Hockey viewership in the U.S. is up big this year, but even with that success the NHL is way behind the NBA in terms of postseason viewership. NHL games on the NBC Sports Network averaged 621,000 viewers through the network's first ten games, up 61% from the first ten postseason games on the network last year, and CNBC's average 295,000 viewers are up 25% from last year's comparable games. But while that sounds impressive, it's still nothing compared to the NBA whose eight eight playoff games on cable networks averaged 3.5 million viewers, or more than five times the audience tuning in to the typical NHL game on NBCSN.