Ivan Provorov # 9 of the Philadelphia Flyers plays the puck against Brad Marchand # 63 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in a round robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup playoff at Scotiabank Arena on August 2, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario.
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The NHL started their Stanley Cup Qualifiers games over the weekend and NBC Sports released their audience figures on Sunday to give an insight into their popularity.
The double header games on Saturday reached an average of 1.3 million viewers. NBC Sports said this was the "most-watched NHL double header in four years," except for pre-Covid-19 playoff competitions.
The Montreal Canadiens' overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday averaged 1.5 million viewers. It peaked at around two million television viewers between 11:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. ET. The Chicago Blackhawks win the Edmonton Oilers with an average of one million viewers. It peaked at 1.4 million TV-only viewers between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
The Flyers Bruins competition on Sunday had an average of 1.4 million viewers. It reached 1.8 million viewers between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports has included streaming numbers in its audience numbers, also known as "Total Audience Delivery" or TAD. Information was used that was compiled by Nielsen Digital Data from Adobe Analytics.
"The weekend's competition was absolutely sensational," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Monday while speaking about the bubble locations in Toronto and Edmonton. "The games were intense, emotional, tough, and you can see the extremely competitive balance that you see in the NHL. So that's what makes a great tournament."
The NHL will resume its Stanley Cup Qualifiers games with six scheduled competitions on Monday.
Disclosure: NBC and CNBC are owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal.