NESN, CSN Philly Post Record Ratings for Flyers-Bruins Game 6

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and NESN scored huge ratings during the Philadelphia Flyers’ Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday (May 13) to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. CSN Philadelphia drew in it largest audience ever for a Flyers game with a 10.1 rating (300,000 households), while NESN earned the third highest rating for a Bruins game in the network’s 26-year history with a 10.3 household rating.

CSN Philadelphia’s 10.1 rating breaks the previous high, set on May 9, 2000 when with Brian Boucher in goal, the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. The game bumps up the Flyers 2010 playoff average on Comcast SportsNet to a 6.3 rating (187,000 HHs) a  186% increase over the regular season average rating of 2.2.

NESN’s 10.3 rating ranks behind only last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 7 (14.2) and the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 (11.2). NESN’s also put up big ratings in the key demographic categories, including a 10.8 for Men 25-54 and an 8.0 for Adults 25-54. The Men 25-54 demo rating was No. 1 in the Boston DMA on Tuesday night, while the Adults 25-54 demo rating was second in the market only to American Idol.

The Flyers-Bruins Game 7 showdown will begin at 7 p.m. tonight (May 14).