*NBC earned a 2.9 overnight rating (percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in) for its telecast of the NHL Winter Classic (Detroit Red Wings-Chicago Blackhawks), up 12 per cent from 2008 (2.6, Pittsburgh Penguins-Buffalo Sabres). It was the best overnight rating for a regular-season NHL game in 13 years (Feb. 3, 1996, 3.0, six-game regional telecast on Fox).
Top three U.S. markets: Chicago, 11.8; Detroit, 10.5; Buffalo, 10.1. Viewers in Florida seemed intrigued by the wintry scene. West Palm Beach (3.3) and Orlando (3.2) ranked ninth and 10th in the country.
Going up againest college football bowl games , those are good tv ratings for the NHL