Flyers-Bruins At Lake Tahoe Is Most-Watched NHL Regular-Season Game In NBCSN History

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NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) announced on Wednesday that ratings for their weekend set of outdoor games in scenic Lake Tahoe set numerous viewership records for the sports network. Sunday Night’s matchup was the first NHL regular-season game on NBCSN to exceed 1 Million Viewers (1.068 Million).

Sunday night’s game was the most-watched regular-season game in NBCSN’s 15-year history of televising NHL games, surpassing the previous record of 978,000 viewers set earlier this year on opening night for Penguins-Flyers (Jan. 13).

In addition, Sunday night’s contest is now the most-streamed NHL regular-season game in NBC Sports Digital history in both Average Minute Audience (49,700 viewers) and live minutes (7.8 million).

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STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 24, 2021 – Amidst the spectacular and picturesque backdrop of Lake Tahoe, this weekend’s NHL Outdoors games produced numerous viewership milestones across NBC Sports, including the most-watched regular-season game in NBCSN’s 15-year history of televising NHL games for Sunday night’s Flyers-Bruins game. On Saturday, Golden Knights-Avalanche began in the afternoon on NBC but was delayed for hours due to sunshine making the ice unplayable, and ultimately finished after midnight on NBCSN.

Following are highlights:

SUNDAY: FLYERS VS. BRUINS ON NBCSN

  • Despite a lopsided 7-3 Bruins victory over the Flyers, Sunday night’s game averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.068 million viewers, making it the most-watched NHL regular season game ever on NBCSN, surpassing the previous record of 978,000 viewers set earlier this year on opening night for Penguins-Flyers (Jan. 13).
  • With 1.019 million TV-only viewers, it was the first time that an NHL regular-season game exceeded 1.0 million viewers on NBCSN. Flyers-Bruins is also the most-watched NHL regular-season game on cable in 19 years, since Sharks-Red Wings in 2002 (ESPN; 1.278 million).
  • Sunday night’s contest is now the most-streamed NHL regular-season game in NBC Sports Digital history in both Average Minute Audience (49,700 viewers) and live minutes (7.8 million).
  • Locally, Boston delivered a 6.69 household rating for the game, making it the market’s best delivery for an NHL regular-season game on NBCSN since the 2014-15 season opener (Phi-Bos; 10/8/14; 7.80 HH rating). Philadelphia scored a 4.07 local HH rating.

 SATURDAY: GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. AVALANCHE ON NBC & NBCSN

Viewership for the Avalanche’s 3-2 victory over the Golden Knights on Saturday is divided into two parts. After starting at 3 pm ET on NBC, the game was delayed for hours due to sunshine that made the ice unplayable. It eventually restarted at midnight ET on NBCSN.

  • NBC’s portion of Saturday’s game (3-4:30 pm ET) averaged a TAD of 1.398 million viewers, up 30% compared to NBC’s NHL regular-season TAD last season, excluding the Winter Classic.
  • Despite missing out on what likely would have been the most-watched portion of the game from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, Golden Knights-Avalanche on NBC surpassed two recent Stadium Series games: 2020 Kings-Avalanche (1.013 million) and 2018 Leafs-Capitals (1.117 million).
  • The TV-only viewership of 1.356 million viewers for Saturday’s afternoon portion is up 19% the comparable timing of the Kings-Avalanche Stadium Series game last season (1.139 million TV-only viewers), which was played in primetime.
  • The NBCSN portion of the game (midnight-2 a.m. ET) averaged a TAD of 394,00 viewers, making it the most-watched late night* NHL regular-season game since last season’s Sharks-Golden Knights opener(401,000 viewers; 10:55 p.m. – 1:17 a.m. ET).
  • The TAD of 394,00 viewers for Golden Knights-Avalanche is also up 77% compared to NBCSN’s regular-season late night* TAD last season (222,000 viewers for an entire game).
  • Saturday night’s TV-only average of 361,000 viewers is up 109% post-midnight TV-only viewership for regular-season games on NBCSN last season (173,000 TV-only viewers).

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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