NBC Sports logoIn metered-market results, which are time zone-adjusted, NBC Sports’ coverage of last night’s New York Rangers-Los vs. Angeles Kings Stanley Cup matchup averaged a 4.6 household rating, to rank as the top-rated Stanley Cup Final Game 5 in 14 years –  since the 2000 Dallas-New Jersey triple overtime matchup on ABC, which scored a 5.3. The preliminary 4.6 household rating is up 15% in metered-market households compared to year-ago Game 5′s 4.0 for Boston-Chicago.  It’s also up 77% versus Game 5 in 2012, which also featured the L.A. Kings — that time against the New Jersey Devils, which logged a 2.6.

Last night’s game, in which the Kings won the Stanley Cup four games to one over the Rangers, scored a 12.4 household rating in the Los Angeles market, making this L.A.’s second-best overnight rating ever on NBC or NBCSN, trailing only the Kings’ Cup-winning Game 6 during the 2012 Final (13.6). The 12.4  rating in L.A. is up 41% versus the Kings’ 2012 Game 5 (8.8). New York delivered its second-best NHL rating ever on NBC or NBCSN, with a 10.4 rating in metered-market households, behind only Saturday’s Game 2 of the Kings-Rangers series (10.5). The top five markets for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 were: Los Angeles, 12.4; New York, 10.4; Buffalo, 9.2; Boston, 6.3; Minneapolis-St. Paul, 6.3.

(In fast-national ratings — not time zone-adjusted –  NBC came in No. 1 for the night among broadcast networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and most other key measures (adults, men and women 18-34, adults, men and women 18-49, and adults and men 25-54). That includes ranking No. 1 in adults 18-49 during all six primetime half-hours, in the fast nationals.)

Last year, when the battle for the NHL‘s Stanley Cup was over and the ratings dust had settled,  the  Stanley Cup Final turned out to be the most watched since 1994, when data first became available. The six-game series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins averaged a 3.3 household rating with 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That was up 83% in household ratings and 91% million in viewers from the LA Kings-New Jersey Devils series in 2012.