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October 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The audience for professional hockey continues to grow. After setting ratings records last season, the NHL’s opening night doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), set a new record on Wednesday. The first game, between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins, delivered 956,000 viewers, the most ever to watch an opening-night game on cable. It was also the most ever to watch any regular-season game on NBCSN. and was up 12 percent over last year’s season opener, which set the previous ratings record. The audience peaked in the 8:00 p.m. quarter-hour with 1.21 million viewers. The second game of the double header, between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings, which did not begin until after 10:00 p.m. and ended at 1:14 a.m., nevertheless averaged 44,000 viewers and set a record for a late game.