Anytime you have a prime-time matchup between two teams with a storied past, who have also won the last three Stanley Cups, you have a pretty good recipe for ratings success. No surprise, Wednesday’s Caps-Pens scored big for NBCSN.
According to Sports Media Watch, Penguins-Capitals scored 697,000 viewers on NBCSN’s NHL Wednesday Night Hockey, up 73% in viewership from last year (Red Wings-Flyers: 402K), up 23% from 2016 (Capitals-Flyers: 565K), and the most-watched game of the season on cable. Including streaming viewership, the game had 718,000. The game had a 0.40 rating.
In addition, It was NBCSN’s most-watched NHL regular-season game since 4/6/16, excluding Opening Night games (PHI-DET; 831,000).
The previous cable high was 642,000 set by another Penguins-Capitals matchup in November. The Capitals have played in the four most-watched games and the Penguins have played in three of the top five. The top game of the season overall was Rangers-Flyers on Black Friday, which had 1.15 million on NBC.