Florida Panthers fans got round of bad news as their team made national headlines for having TV ratings in Florida that lose out routinely to infomercials and kids programming. Hockey has had a tough time grabbing attendance and TV ratings in many Southern markets and the fact that
Last year the Panthers averaged 15,147 fans per game with one sellout. This year they rank at 23rd in the NHL and have had a hard time selling out. Meanwhile, Canadians are upset that the NHL will not expand in their markets where they believe TV ratings and attendance would be less of an issue.
I’m not sure what the solution would be but when your games lose out to a kid’s show named Doodlebops, an AbCoaster exercise equipment infomercial, and the Ninja Professional Blender, Chopper and Ice Crusher infomercial you have a problem.
The Panthers .19 local rating was the worst in the NHL among the 22 teams studied by Sports Business Daily (numbers for Carolina, Nashville and Canadian teams were not available). That means that more people probably fall asleep to an old rerun of Baywatch than watch a Panthers game. Ouch!