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Penguins lift Pittsburgh to No. 1 NHL market on NBC, NBCSN

Matt Rosenberg
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The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby celebrates a second-period goal by Justin Schultz against the Philadelphia Flyers during the Stadium Series game at the Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019 in Philadelphia.
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A fan celebrates during the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period during Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019 in Philadelphia.

Skate aside, Buffalo.

Pittsburgh jumped over the perennial ratings powerhouse to become NBC’s top market for NHL games during the 2018-19 regular season, the network announced, averaging a 1.3 rating. The network accounted for games on both NBC and NBC Sports Network.

The Penguins’ prime-time March 10 matchup vs. the Boston Bruins was NBCSN’s highest-rated game of the year, averaging 736,000 viewers. It was NBCSN’s highest-rated game since the 2017-18 season-opener between the Penguins and St. Louis Blues.


The Stadium Series game between the Penguins the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 23 on NBC averaged 1.969 million viewers, up from 1.117 million in the 2018 Stadium Series game between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs.

NBC says it was the most-watched non-Winter Classic regular-season game in five years.

The Penguins also were part of the most-streamed game on the NBC Sports app. The Jan. 6 matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks reached 96,700 unique devices.

Buffalo (1.18) ranked No. 2 in ratings. Las Vegas (0.98), St. Louis (0.87) and Minneapolis (0.67) rounded out the top five.

The Penguins will play nationally on NBC on Sunday in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round game against the New York Islanders.

Matt Rosenberg is a Tribune-Review assistant multimedia editor. You can contact Matt at 412-320-7937, mrosenberg@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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