The NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe last weekend delivered record TV ratings, including the most-watched regular-season game in NBC Sports Network history.
The Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins had a total audience delivery of 1.068 million viewers on NBCSN, surpassing the previous best of 978,000, set earlier this season (Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 13).
The Bruins defeated the Flyers 7-3.
“We set out to get this game in front of not only hockey fans, but sports fans,” NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer said. “We’re so excited that this weekend broke records on NBCSN and showcased the talent of our players and teams, and thanks to the talented producers, directors and announcers at NBC, it was among the most compelling, innovative broadcasts in the history of our League.”
It also was the most-watched NHL regular-season game on cable in 19 years (2002, San Jose Sharks-Detroit Red Wings, ESPN).
The ratings for the Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche were divided into two parts; the game began on NBC at 3 p.m. ET before moving to NBCSN at midnight ET because of ice conditions.
From 3-4:30 p.m. on NBC, the game drew 1.398 million viewers, up 30 percent compared to NBC’s regular-season schedule last season (excluding the 2020 Winter Classic).
From midnight-2 a.m. on NBCSN, the game drew 361,000 viewers. It was the most watched late night NHL regular-season game (beginning after 10 p.m. ET) since the Sharks-Golden Knights last season (Oct. 2, 2019).
The Avalanche won 3-2.