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NFL PUSHES NHL CONFERENCE FINAL RATINGS TO HISTORIC LOW

It's been a competitive week for sports and the NHL isn't faring well. According to Sports Media Watch Thursday’s Golden Knights-Stars NHL Western Conference Final Game 3 averaged 790,000 viewers on NBCSN, marking the least-watched conference final game in nine years (2011 Canucks-Sharks Game 3: 714K).

Those numbers are down 43 percent from last year's game three of the Western Conference Final (Sharks vs Blues), which isn't surprising as it faced no real competition.

While the NFL played a big role in the dip in ratings for the NHL on Thursday, Tuesday's game two of the Dallas-Vegas series didn't do a lot better, getting just 887,000 viewers in the U.S., which is a 37 percent drop from last year.



On the Eastern Conference side of things, the New York Islanders- Tampa Bay Lightning series opened with 958,000 viewers on Monday before rebounding to 1.14 million on Wednesday — down 54% and 50% respectively from the first two games of last year’s Hurricanes-Bruins series (2.08 and 2.26 million). Three of the five conference final games this year have averaged fewer than one million viewers, after each of the previous 24 surpassed that mark.
TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 13, 2020  (14H32)
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