More than 69,000 fans braved the cold, rainy weather Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Flyers mount a furious comeback to beat the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime — the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game in Pennsylvania.
And NBC Sports said the game, part of the NHL Stadium Series, set records of its own. It drew almost 2 million viewers, the most for a regular-season NHL game (excluding Winter Classics played on New Years Day) in last five years.
The telecast, airing locally on NBC10, also set records for streaming and local ratings. Here are some highlights from NBC:
- The game averaged 1.965 million total viewers, the most for a non-Winter Classic regular-season game in five years, since the 2014 Stadium Series game between the Penguins and Blackhawks (2.767 million). The game delivered a TV-only 1.943 million viewers and 1.14 household rating on NBC.
- The ratings improved 76 percent compared to the 2018 Stadium Series game between the Maple Leafs and Capitals (1.116 million).