The NHL got hit with the bug with the Los Angeles-St. Louis series. The Kings’ four-game run concluded with NBC doing a 1.0 overnight rating for Sunday’s finale, by far the lowest rating for a playoff game on NBC this year. The previous low was 1.5. In fact, it was the worst rating for a playoff game on NBC since 2009.
Meanwhile, the NBA has had two first-round sweeps. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports:
Here’s what happens when you gets lopsided playoff series, in any sport: You lose TV viewer eyeballs.
In weekend NBA action on ABC, TNT and ESPN, nine games got lower overnight ratings than comparable TV coverage last year. Just one game — ABC’s Miami-New York game Sunday — topped last year’s levels.
The only thing worse than a sweep is a five-game series. There’s a good chance all six remaining first-round series could be closed out in game 5.
The NBA and its TV partners obviously are hoping for better luck in the second round.