The LA ratings are even more striking when compared to the other ratings powerhouses in the NHL semifinals: Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh.
For Game 2 Sunday on NBC Sports Network, Chicago pulled a 16.6 local rating. Meanwhile, Los Angeles had a mere 2.3 local rating. That is up 5 percent compared to last year’s Game 2 of the West finals for the Kings.
Over in the East, Boston had a 19.6 local rating Saturday for Game 1 of its series with Pittsburgh. Hockey-crazy Pittsburgh, which has the highest local ratings in the NHL, pulled in a 23.2 rating.
I know long-time Kings season-ticket holder, Al Michaels, was watching Game 2. The NHL just wishes there were more like him. Even with a Stanley Cup, the ratings show LA still has a long way to go before it becomes a hockey hotbed.