As we get closer to tonight’s game seven, the amount of tickets available is dropping, but so are the prices. Click the image to check for last-minute deals.
As the Bruins and Canadiens get ready to start their first round playoff series this week, ticket demand is already high. It is the most in-demand series, ticket-wise, of all the first round matchups. Ticket prices in Montreal are the highest, and the games in Boston the second highest. Click on the image for ticket information for Bruins/Canadiens.
On the Television side, NESN sent out a release today announcing that they set a new regular season ratings record by garnering a 3.1 average household rating – a 41% increase from the 2009/10 season. NESN’s previous best was a 2.5 household rating in both the 2008/09 and 1995/96 seasons. The numbers were also up in key demographic categories, including Adults 18-34 (2.1, up 99%), Adults 25-54 (2.9, up 54%) and Men 25-54 (4.3, up 55%).
All of NESN’s Bruins-related studio programs experienced double digit ratings gains over last season, including W.B. Mason Bruins FaceOff LIVE (+16%), Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE (+68%), The Big Bad Bruins Show with Kathryn Tappen (+18%), and The Instigators with Mike Milbury (+122%).
Here’s the rest of the release:
Expanded Playoff Pre-Game Coverage
NESN will deliver regionally exclusive coverage of every game during the Bruins first round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. Each game night will begin with W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE, which will expand from 30 minutes to one hour for every first round game. Host Kathryn Tappen will be joined by analysts Gord Kluzak and Barry Pederson, with Naoko Funayama reporting from ice level. NESN’s pre-game coverage for Bruins home games will continue to originate from the network’s TD Garden set location.
Bruins post-season coverage on NESN gets started early this week with special editions of The Bricks and The Instigators. NESN’s Andy Brickley will host The Bricks: 2011 Post-Season Special on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 PM and preview the Bruins first round matchup against long-time rival Montreal. On Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM, The Instigators with Mike Milbury will feature Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley as they discuss and debate the NHL’s best in 2010/11 and make their Stanley Cup predictions.
Bruins vs. Canadiens Conference Quarterfinals on NESN
Thursday April 14 Game #1 at TD Garden 7:00 PM Saturday April 16 Game #2 at TD Garden 7:00 PM Monday April 18 Game #3 at Montreal 7:30 PM Thursday April 21 Game #4 at Montreal 7:00 PM Saturday April 23 Game #5 at TD Garden 7:00 PM* Tuesday April 26 Game #6 at Montreal TBD * Wednesday April 27 Game #7 at TD Garden TBD *
* = If Necessary
Here is some information passed along by Comcast SportsNet New England:
The Celtics are on pace to set multiple ratings benchmarks on Comcast SportsNet New England this season. The team is on track for the highest-rated season in the network’s 30-year Celtics history. Through 46 games this season, Comcast SportsNet is averaging a 4.7 rating, which equals an estimated 188,000 New England homes, a 42 percent increase over the 3.3 average rating posted this time last season. Comcast SportsNet is on pace to shatter its previous season-high rating record of 3.5, posted during the 2008-09 season. Since Comcast SportsNet purchased the network in 2007, ratings for the Celtics have increased 176 percent.
During the season, Comcast SportsNet has set all-time highs for a single regular season game telecast, season opener telecast, as well as pre-game and post game shows.
Highlights from the season include:
- Highest rated regular season telecast in history – 7.5 rating (estimated 300,000 New England homes) on November 17, 2010
- Highest rated post-game show in history (including playoffs) – 4.9 rating (196,000 New England homes) for New England Ford Dealers Celtics Postgame Live on January 5, 2011
- Highest rated pre-game show in history (including playoffs) – 2.6 rating (estimated 104,000 New England homes) for Celtics Pre-Game Live presented by Ace Tickers on February 10, 2011
- Highest rated first telecast of the season – 5.6 (224,000 New England homes) for Celtics vs. Cavaliers on October, 27, 2010
- 110 percent increase in Celtics Postgame Live – 2.4 vs. 1.2.
- 32 percent increase in Celtics Pre-Game Live – 9 vs. .7.
- Two telecasts surpassing a 7.0 rating (only one other in network history)
- Eight regular season telecasts surpassing a 6.0 rating (previous high – two games in 2008-09)
- 146 percent increase with females 25-54 on 2010-11 telecasts – 2.36 vs. .96
During the season, Comcast SportsNet has shared 11 telecasts with national networks ESPN and TNT and Comcast SportsNet’s telecasts, featuring 30-year telecast tandem Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn, have out rated the national competitors by 88 percent.
With the NBA All Star Game this weekend, look at what some of the seats around the Staples Center are going for:
Looking at the trends for the Celtics this week, the data shows that Celtics fans are more excited to see an Eastern conference than a rematch of last year’s finals. Both games are also down significantly this week: down 14% for tonight’s game and down 21% for Sunday.
This could be due to tonight’s game being a night game with the Sunday one being a more friendly 1:00PM start.
Interesting comparison here between prices in Los Angeles for the NBA Finals last June, and for this Sunday’s regular season rematch.
If you’re a Celtics fan who happens to be in Los Angeles – there are 37 tickets still available for less than $190, and the best deals can be found in the 300-level TiqZones.
Taking a minute from the Patriots/Jets hype, (so much for the idea Rex Ryan was going lay low this week) here’s a look at the ticket situation for the Celtics this week.