May 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins fans react as the Pens are introduced before the game against the New York Islanders in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Nielsen Ranks Pens' Fans No. 1 in NHL


The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the most successful franchises in all of sports – but they’re nothing without their fans.

According to the team’s website, Nielsen – a global information and measurement company – ranked the Pens’ fan base number one via their “Year in Sports Media Report” for 2013.

Collecting data throughout the year, Nielsen reported that 54% of the population either viewed, attended, or listened to the Pittsburgh Penguins – a full 6% over the next NHL squad (Buffalo Sabres).

Seemingly selling out game-to-game, the CONSOL Energy Center is hardly ever vacant, and that’s due to the terrific Pittsburgh’ fan base.

Back in September, the Pens were ranked the best NHL franchise by ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Ultimate Standings’ fan survey.

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