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NBCSN trumpets strong NHL ratings for November

Nov 26, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

On a day that’s been dominated by big TV news up north, please allow us to elbow our way back into the conversation with this little tidbit:

NBCSN has averaged 595,000 viewers over its first nine exclusive NHL telecasts (mostly Wednesday Night Rivalry), up 31% compared to the exclusive game average to this point in the 2011-12 season (455,000).

NBCSN’s Flyers-Penguins Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup on Nov. 13, in which the Flyers defeated the Penguins 2-1, drew 759,000 average viewers, making it the most-watched November NHL game on cable since 2001 (Flyers-Rangers, 11/14/01), and the most-watched November NHL game on NBCSN (formerly VERSUS). The Flyers-Penguins game was NBCSN’s second most-watched NHL game of the season to date, behind Capitals-Blackhawks (935,000) on opening night.

Also, please remember that this Friday is the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    If my memory serves correct I believe that Rangers vs Flyers game from 2001 was the return of Lindros to Philly, I’m not 100% positive on that one. Plus who wouldn’t expect to see the Penguins vs Flyers be the highest rated game in November.

  2. bencia823 - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    It’s good to see that ratings are trending upwards, but the fact that more people are watching Bellator MMA than NHL hockey in america is not a good thing at all

  3. comeonnowguys - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Oh great. This means 30 more Penguin games on Rivalry night. /sarc

  4. muckleflugga - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    i wasn’t aware close to 600,000 Canadians were vacationing in the united states on any given day…

    what an eye opener

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