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You like fights.
Yesterday’s Flyers-Penguins Game 3 achieved a 10-year high rating for a non-Stanley Cup Finals game. The 2.3 overnight rating was the highest since the Red Wings and Avalanche drew a 2.4 during a playoff game in 2002. It was also the most-watched playoff telecast since NBC regained NHL rights in 2006, and a 77% increase over a comparable telecast last year.
This isn’t surprising. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are two of the best American hockey markets. Plus you add in the star power of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, their binkies, a popular Flyers team featured in 24/7, Dan Bylsma's glasses, and a lot of fights… and you have yourself a ratings winner.
Just to shed some light on local interest– our site has crushed our all-time high for daily visits, beating the day the Phillies signed Cliff Lee… and it’s not even 3 p.m.