TODAY'S PAPER
Scattered Clouds 40° Good Evening
Scattered Clouds 40° Good Evening
SportsHockeyRangers

Rangers-Flyers prime-time game on NBC garners low ratings nationally

Philadelphia Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare battles for the puck

Philadelphia Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare battles for the puck against New York Rangers' Dominic Moore as Lee Stempniak looks on during the first period of an NHL game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

There is a reason last Saturday's Rangers-Flyers game was believed to be the first indoor, regular-season, prime-time NHL contest on a U.S. broadcast network in 41 years.

That reason is regular-season hockey is an extremely modest ratings attraction nationally.

Sure enough, the game averaged a mere 1.0 percent of homes in 56 major markets measured by Nielsen, roughly what those who follow hockey ratings had expected.

The game did well in New York, averaging 2.56 percent of homes -- 45 percent higher than the Rangers' regular-season average last season, not counting its Stadium Series game against the Islanders.

New York ranked second among all markets, behind only Philadelphia at 2.99.

New York Sports