The ratings for the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and the 2012 NHL draft in Pittsburgh are in, and they don't have an alibi. They're ugly.
A paltry 183,000 people watched the 2012 awards ceremony from Las Vegas, down a crazy 35 percent from 2011's event, which was hosted by Jay Mohr and drew 279,000 viewers. They were also down 12 percent from the Mohr-hosted 2010 awards show, which drew 206,000 viewers. There may have been more people commenting about the show on Twitter than actually watching.
The 2012 NHL draft did slightly better, but viewership was still down. The player selection meetings scored 207,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET Friday night. This was down 16 percent from last year's event in Minnesota, which drew 246,000 viewers. The 2012 draft was still ahead the 2010 draft in Los Angeles, which drew 206,000. The later portion of the draft, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, was moved to CNBC, where it drew just 86,000 viewers. There is no comparable audience from last year.