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CRASH LANDING! Flyers’ TV ratings take tumble



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When you consider the Philadelphia Flyers had their second-worst record in franchise history, it’s not surprising that their TV ratings took a tumble this season.

The Flyers had a 39% drop in NBC Sports Philadelphia viewership compared to last season, according to the Sports Business Journal. SBJ analyzed data from Nielsen.

The data is based on the 23 U.S.-based teams. Data was not available for Carolina, Nashville, or the seven Canadian teams, per SBJ.

Only Arizona (58%), which had the league’s second-worst record, and Vegas (40%) had bigger viewership drops than the Philadelphia Flyers. Vegas barely missed the playoffs.

Philly finished 25-46-11, and it had the league’s worst record (12-34-5) from Jan. 1 until the end of the season.

Here are some other findings from SBJ:

  • Of the 23 teams analyzed, only Detroit (2%), Florida (6%), Minnesota (14%), and Los Angeles (20%) had an increase in local viewership.
  • Pittsburgh had the NHL’s highest rating (5.43) for the ninth time in the last 16 seasons.
  • Boston, which has a bigger market than Pittsburgh, didn’t have the highest rating but it had the biggest average TV audience: 661,000 homes per game.
  • Though Florida’s had 6% more viewers, its 0.46 rating was one of the NHL’s lowest. The Panthers had the NHL’s best regular-season record.
  • The Anaheim Ducks had the league’s lowest rating for (0.15 on Bally Sports SoCal) for the fifth time in six years. You could blame it on there being so much to do in Southern California, but the Kings had a healthy increase in viewers.
  • Viewership on nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT increased about 18% compared to the NHL’s final season with NBC Sports in 2020-21
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They didn’t want to see gritty popups? Wow

Arthur Digiovanni

I stop going to the games all so why watch an NHL game with minor league players Comcast can do better job putting together a team

Jarod Burke

Games on TV are blocked out unless seats are filled. I am only able to see away games on television. Who truly has the rights to the team because you’re pushing fans away?!

Bob Swavely

Not being able to see some games on tv because of espn+ doesn’t help!

Thomas Condit

They could have traded for Johnny Hockey when Calgary was down and out. But God forbid they tap into the local talent right under their noses. This organization has been blind in one eye while not being able to see out the other. Please sell the team Concast


Watching hockey on TV is awful. The problem I have is the camera is one dimensional, and from a birds eye view at the rafters. To enjoy a TV broadcast more, there should be cameras at ice level, and at each end of the ice as well as lower level but perched cameras for close-up wide screen action. It would be great to see faces during play, and not just the top of a bunch of helmets. TV broadcasts should strive to give you a similar view as you would get in the first few rows if at the game. Horrible camera work is a big part of the problem IMO.

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