This year’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers bounced back from a pair of extremely poor performances last year, but still showed extremely poor ratings for NBC.
Despite the improvement this year, the 1.2 is the third-lowest for a primetime NHL game on NBC. In addition, it tied the second-lowest overnight for an outdoor game on the network — matching Blackhawks/Wild last year and ahead of only the aforementioned Red Wings/Avalanche game. Pittsburgh won Saturday’s tilt at Heinz Field, 4-2.
The Penguins’ win equated to a 16.3 rating in Pittsburgh and a 5.1 rating in Philadelphia.
The NHL Winter Classic has also seen a trending dip in television viewing numbers. You can read more about that here.
NoVa Caps George Foussekis recently wrote about the number of outdoor games each season, and whether or not the NHL has gone too far (too many games). You can read more about that here.
By Jon Sorensen