RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: NBC Scores! Stanley Cup Finals Most Watched In 19 Years

UPDATE, 4:08 PM: The battle for the NHL‘s Stanley Cup is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks were the victors Monday night. Now the final numbers are in and NBC looks to be a winner too with this year’s Stanley Cup Final turning out to be the most watched since 1994, when data first became available. The six-game series between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins averaged a 3.3 household rating with 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That’s up 83% in household ratings and 91% million in viewers from the LA Kings-New Jersey Devils series in 2012. Individually, Monday’s 8:15–11 PM ET Game 6 pulled a 3.3/10 rating, up 65% from last year’s 2.0. In terms of household ratings, last night’s game received a 4.7 and was watched by 8.16 million viewers. That’s a rise of 52% and 66%, respectively, from last year’s series-clinching Game 6, resulting in the second-most watched Game 6 since 1994. The Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching on June 9, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers was the most-watched Game 6 with 8.28 million viewers. Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC. That result is the most-watched playoffs since ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox aired the Stanley Cup in 1997. Compared with the 1.24 million who watched last year’s playoffs on average, the 2013 Stanley Cup was up 18% in viewership.

The Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final were:
1. Boston (33.0)
2. Chicago (30.2)
3. Providence (22.5)
4. Buffalo (12.5)
5. Pittsburgh (7.8)
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul (7.3)
7. Milwaukee (7.0)
8. Hartford-New Haven (6.8)
9. Fort Myers (6.3)
10. St. Louis (5.8)
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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Wins With Stanley Cup, ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Baking’ Flat

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT
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NBC aired Game 4 of NHL Stanley Cup Final last night, the second game from the championship series to air on the network following the opener. Chicago’s thrilling 6-5 overtime … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Hits 16-Year High, ‘American Baking Competition’ Rises

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it was NBC who really scored. Going from 8 PM-1:06 AM ET, the game drew … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Scores Low, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Rise

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 9:18am PDT

It was a good night for the LA Kings – they won the Stanley Cup for the very first time. But for NBC, the Stanley Cup Game 6 (1.6/5) battle between the Kings and the New Jersey … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘SYTYCD’ Up In Week 2, ‘Dogs’ & Stanley Cup Final Start Slow

Nellie Andreeva

SYTYCD RatingsFox’s streak of 19 consecutive Wednesday night ratings victories in adults 18-49 and total viewers carried over to the summer. The network won the first off-season Wednesday with a two-hour So You Think You Can Dance for a 20th nightly crown in a row. SYTYCD (2.6/8 in adults 18-49, 7 million viewers) was up 8% in the demo from last Thursday’s season premiere. Read More »

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