Versus got off to a strong start for the 2011-12 NHL season.
Thursday’s Flyers/Bruins NHL Opening Night game earned 874,000 viewers on Versus, up 20% from last year (PHI/PIT: 730K), up 75% from 2009 (WSH/BOS: 501K), and the most-viewed NHL regular season game ever on Versus.
The previous record was set by Penguins/Flyers in December 2010 (750K).
Later in the night, Penguins/Canucks earned 342,000 viewers, down 21% from last year (CHI/COL: 430K), but up 4% from 2009 (SJ/COL: 330K).
Both games aired opposite Game 5 of the Tigers/Yankees MLB American League Division Series on TBS (9.720M).
(This year’s numbers from Puck the Media)