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Penguins-Flyers produced best playoff opener ratings in 10 years

Apr 13, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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The high-wattage star power of a Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series, unprecedented overall game coverage and a night full of twists and turns manifested itself in some great ratings to kick off the 2012 playoffs on Wednesday. The NHL provided a press release full of promising numbers from the first two nights of postseason puck-viewing, so here are some of the highlights.

  • Wednesday’s trio of contests (two on NBC Sports Network, one on CNBC) represented a 34 percent increase from last year’s ratings on what was then called Versus.
  • Overall ratings during the first two days (Wednesday and Thursday) represented a 22 percent increase from last year. Interestingly enough, Thursday’s trio of OT games was the first since 2001.
  • Again, the Flyers-Penguins thriller made the biggest impact. The press release captures the impressive numbers quite nicely, so here’s the excerpt:

Viewership for Wednesday night’s opening round game featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and rival Philadelphia Flyers was up 83% from last year’s comparable opening night contest. It was the most-watched opening night playoff game in 10 years, a span that includes seasons when ESPN was the national U.S. rights holder.

In other words … No, it’s not just you. The playoffs have been electric so far. Here’s to many more nights like the first two during the next two-or-so months – even if it might be a little exhausting at times.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    The reason is the Flyers not the diving penguins !

  2. tcclark - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    another reason why the NHL loves the Penguins and NBC loves the Flyers

  3. GenoPringles - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    NBC- nothing but Crosby!!! The soupcan should receive a huge share of the profits. His Boyband looks and god like body is what gets peeps to watch….SCA 4L CC

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    The penguins defense stinks they are not a stanley cup contender !

    • polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      No kidding…. 8 goals… 8? 4 in the 3rd?

      Wow… well…. I guess just…. Wow. That’s a frustrated lay-down if I’ve ever seen one.

  5. philly4lyfe - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I think letang is taking swimming lessons out there.

  6. Kristenaux - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    8:22 p.m. It’s not over yet…keep yipping…

  7. jssgriffi - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Can’t wait to see NBC article headlines when the flyers win tonight. Wonder what the excuse will be tonight

  8. bobhpine - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Nice attempted kick by Giroux… Kicking is so much less egregious than diving

  9. philly4lyfe - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    So you agree that your team is diving like its the Olympics then?

  10. philly4lyfe - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Hello 2-0 lead bringin it back to philly. And how is coutiere shadowing the art Ross winner while out scoring him 3-0?

  11. jucam1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I thought the TV deal guaranteed that little Ms Sydney couldn’t get swept at home?…. The comish needs to intervene before little Syd cries a little more… This isn’t fair!

  12. bracket5 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Hey bob. When Geno is finishes with your pole, why don’t both of you join the rest of us in real time society? Are you guys related? You are both just as dumb as a bag of Crosby’s hair. Douchebags.

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