Recently released TV statistics from 2011-2014 show a sharp decline in ratings for the Flyers.
WIP’s Angelo Cataldi noted in his weekly column on Philly Voice that the average viewership for Flyers broadcasts are down 36%.
Meanwhile, the Flyers’ numbers are alarming, especially when they are still selling most of the seats in the Wells Fargo Center, but there is hope for a fast turn-around, with decisive GM Ron Hextall and college wunderkind Dave Hakstol in charge.
If the numbers are still this bad in a couple of years, it’ll be safe to say Flyers fans have run out of patience after 40 seasons without a Stanley Cup. But the guess here is that interest will come back fast, and this dip will represent nothing more than a momentary lapse in faith.
After a 22 win season in 2006-2007 that led to JVR (Luke Schenn), the Flyers churned out five consecutive playoff appearances (2007-2012). Consistency on the ice has wavered as of late. Philly had lottery picks in the lockout year of 2013 and this past season, a first round exit in between.
The drop in views doesn’t compare to an MLB worst Phillies team (67%) or the tanking 76ers (72%).