ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 2: Players from the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues warmup prior to the start of he 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

With two U.S.-based teams in this year’s NHL Winter Classic, the overnight ratings gave NBC an uptick from last year’s game which involved just one. The game from Busch Stadium featuring Chicago and St. Louis registered a 1.88 overnight rating for the Peacock, up 4% from last year’s game at Gillette Stadium which pitted Montreal and Boston.

And the numbers locally also gave NBC some good news as the Winter Classic in both St. Louis and Chicago was the top-rated program for its time period.

Even though there was the threat of showers and the potential for delays plus a shootout on another date if the rain became too heavy, the NHL Winter Classic managed to finish without a hitch. After some brief showers at the beginning of the game, the quality of play was pretty decent and

The only real issue was Bob Costas channeling his inner Nelly, but otherwise, the game gave the NHL its usual New Year’s showcase just before college football took over with the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

[NBC Sports PR]


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