NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — NHL fans 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 percent from the average for regular-season games on NBC last year.
The New Jersey Devils were ready for the start of the lockout-shortened season.
David Clarkson’s goal at 8:17 of the third period sent the Devils to a 2-1 season-opening win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.
As for the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist did everything he could to limit the Bruins to three goals, but the Blueshirts were outclassed at TD Garden on the opening night of the NHL.
Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.
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