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Indy Tops Non-Hockey Markets In Game Two Viewing…I Smell Something Fishy

June 4, 2010

Fanhouse is reporting that Indianapolis topped all non-hockey markets in viewership for game two of the Stanley Cup Final. While that’s a great stat and something we should be proud of, I’m pretty sure it is an inaccurate one. It is being claimed that somehow, some way the NBC afflilate in Indy garnered a 4.0 rating for the game. (In other words, 4% of the Indy viewing area was watching the game)

For those of us living in Indy, we know what happened that night. WTHR, the local NBC affiliate, instead chose to show the Indianapolis 500 Awards Banquet. Game two was relegated to the station’s 24 hour, local weather channel.

It’s pretty obvious what happened. The ratings for the banquet were counted for the game as WTHR had previously listed game two as their programming for the evening. So although the 500 seems to be declining in popularity, it is nice to see a high about of interest in it still.

It just goes to show you, don’t always believe what you read. Although, this is actually a positive for Indy as people might start to think we’re a pretty decent hockey market. Sure it’s based off a lie, but its no worse than minor and professional teams that give away free tickets to boost attendance.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Schultz permalink
    June 4, 2010 3:04 pm

    It’s a shame that the cheesy Awards Banquet contributed to weighted ratings for the NHL. I don’t think Indy could support a pro hockey team, but for anyone that has watched a hockey game at Conseco Fieldhouse, there’s no doubt that they have a great facility for it.

    • June 4, 2010 3:09 pm

      In the state things are, I don’t think we could support an NHL franchise. I think with the right marketing and lease agreement, we could support an AHL team.

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