TAMPA — Television ratings for the Lightning's regular season were the highest in the franchise's 25-year history on Fox Sports Sun, the network announced Tuesday.
Lightning broadcasts on the network averaged 34,400 homes per game for a rating of 1.83. That marked a 20-percent increase in viewership over last season, and the average for 75 regular-season games surpassed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season's rating of 1.80HH for 43 games.
"It's been a great year for the Lightning, on and off the ice," Steve Griggs, CEO of the Lightning, said in a statement. "In addition to the team setting a single-season record for points with 113, we are pleased to report that our fans have responded in record ways— with 148 consecutive sellouts and this great television rating. Many thanks to our partners at FOX Sports for the wonderful game production."
"The Lightning's story this season has made for great television," said Steve Tello, SVP / GM of FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Sun. "As the season progressed, fan excitement grew, resulting in all-time high viewership. We join the Lightning in celebrating this historic viewing trend and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Bolts as they prepare for the playoffs."
Other Lightning ratings highlights:
January 2018 finished as the highest-rated month of Lightning hockey ever (2.21 HH rating average).
Live streaming Lightning hockey games on FOX Sports GO finished up +97% year-over-year.
Top-five most watched games this season:
Jan. 4 vs. Montreal (2.81 HH)
Jan. 2 vs. Toronto (2.7 HH)
April 7 vs. Carolina (2.64 HH)
Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo (2.61 HH)
March 6 vs. Florida (2.56 HH)
FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun will televise all first-round playoff games of the Lightning-Devils series, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, except those exclusive to NBC.