Philadelphia, New York All Post Ratings Gains on NBC Over the Weekend

The Flyers may be has popular as they have ever been in the city of brotherly love.

Game 1 between the Flyers and Devils drew a massive 14.6 rating in the Philadelphia market. That’s up a whopping 121% from last year’s Flyers/Bruins Game 1 on NBC, which drew a 6.6. The game out-rated NBC’s telecast of Pens/Flyers Game 3 from two weeks ago, and easily out-did the Winter Classic in Philadelphia earlier this year.

Meanwhile, in New York, both the Rangers and Devils performed quite well. The Rangers game against the Capitals on Saturday drew a 3.5 rating in New York, despite facing competition from the Knicks in the post-season, and the Yankees in the regular season. That number was up 17% from the last early Rangers semi-final game on NBC, against Pittsburgh in 2008.

The Devils numbers may prove more impressive. The New York market drew a 2.5 for the overtime loss. That was the highest number for a Devils game in the New York market since 2006, when the Devils and Rangers cross-pollinated and drew a 2.8. It was also up 92% from the last Devils playoff game on NBC, against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007.

The only semi-negative figures came out Washington, where the nation’s capital drew a 5.2 overnight for Rangers/Caps, down a tick from Game 1 of the semifinal between the Penguins and Capitals in 2009.

Over on NBC Sports Network, the network was #1 in St. Louis on Saturday with an 8.3 local rating for the Blues Game 1 loss to Los Angeles, a record in the market. Los Angeles drew an 0.8 rating for the game. Meanwhile, Nashville (4.7) and Phoenix (3.8) had NBCSN at #1 on cable in their respective markets for Game 2 between the Predators and Coyotes.

(Source: NBC Sports)

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One Response to Philadelphia, New York All Post Ratings Gains on NBC Over the Weekend

  1. eddie says:

    L.A drew a 0.8? Oh man….lol. Ouch!!!

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