The game on Sunday at Lake Tahoe between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins broke massive viewing and streaming records on NBC Sports Network.
According to a release by NBC, the outdoor game on February 21 saw more than one million people tune in to NBCSN to catch the action. This was the first time in history that more than one million people watched an NHL regular-season game on NBCSN.
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It was also the most-streamed NHL regular-season game in NBC Sports Digitial History.
There’s no doubt that the record-breaking viewing numbers were a result of both Philadelphia and Boston having huge markets, combined with the fact that the game was outdoors in a unique location that featured a breathtaking sunset in the background for some of the game on Sunday night.
This isn’t the first time Philadelphia has shattered regular-season game viewership records this season. The season opener for the Flyers featured a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and that broadcast drew 972,000 unique viewers.
At that time, it was the most-watched regular-season game ever on NBCSN.
It’s pretty amazing to see Flyers games that are broadcasted nationally for viewers who are out-of-market to watch dominate viewership records. In a year where almost everything has been different in the hockey world because of the ongoing coronavirus, the league sure did a good job in hosting the Lake Tahoe game.
Philadelphia ended up losing the game versus the Bruins on Sunday night 7-3.