NBC led Wednesday among broadcasters with Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final (1.7/6) in which the Los Angeles Kings turned a two-goal deficit against the New York Rangers into a 3-2 overtime win. Even so, the game was down 29% compared to last year’s fast nationals (2.4/7 with Boston-Chicago). Fox (1.5/5) followed for the night, leading ABC (1.2/4), CBS (1.0/3) and the CW (0.5/2). But CBS logged the night’s largest crowd — 5.595 million viewers — and Fox followed with 4.985 million, besting NBC’s 4.530 million, ABC’s 4.849 milion, and the CW’s 1.510 million. CBS did so with reruns of Undercover Boss (4.853 million, 1.0/4), Criminal Minds (6.040 million, 1.1/4), and CSI (5.893 million, 1.0/3).
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)
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 victory over Boston posted a 4.6 household rating. That was up 109% from Game 2 of last year’s Los Angeles-New Jersey Stanley Cup Final, which was the second game of the series to air on NBC. Against last year’s Game 4, which aired on NBC cable sibling Versus (now NBC Sports Network), this year’s ratings were expectedly sharply up, by 171%. NBC is projected to win the night in adults 18-49.
Elsewhere, in cooking competition world, Fox’s two-hour MasterChef (2.1/7) was down 13% from last week but still ranked as the top entertainment program of the night. After a slow start, CBS‘ American Baking Competition has yet to post a drop, logging a 1.2/4 in 18-49, even with last week, and its largest total audience to date (5.8 million). On ABC, burnoff comedies Family Tools (0.9/3, flat) and How To Live With Your Parents (1.0/3, down 17%) matched and hit series lows, respectively. Nightline: The Lookout (1.1/3) was flat.
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 a 4.8 overnight rating, which is up 100% from the 2.4 overnight rating of last year’s Game 1 between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils. Wednesday’s result was also the best overnight rating for an Stanley Cup Final Game 1 since the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in 1997, which drew a 5.2 overnight rating on Fox. Up 140% from the fast nationals 1.0/3 of last year’s Game 1, preliminary ratings have Wednesday’s game between two of the league’s Original Six garnering 2.4/7 among Adults 18-49. The game was watched by 6.42 million viewers overall based on time slots across the country. As is typical with live events like sports, those results will likely be adjusted in the final numbers later today. NBC topped the night among Adults 18-49 with encore heavy CBS No. 1 in total viewers.
Some other numbers from last night’s game in the Windy City: There were 117 shots on goal, and with 52.08 minutes of overtime last night’s barnburner was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever. The Bruins also played in the longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever, on May 15, 1990 against the Edmonton Oilers.
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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 Devils at LA’s Staples Center was not so great. In Fast Nationals, which will probably be adjusted later, the 8 – 11 PM the live hockey game was down 20% from last year’s June 13 Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks in Boston. That makes this year’s Kings’ victory the lowest-rated game ender for the Stanley Cup since the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.
Over on Fox, Gordon Ramsey had a winning night. Hell’s Kitchen (2.7.9) and MasterChef (2.6/7) were both up 13% over last week’s premiere. ABC’s 8 – 10 PM The Bachelorette (2.3/7) was up 5% from last week. The reality dating series was followed by a repeat of Castle (1.1/3)
With 6.58 million viewers, ABC won the night overall, but Fox took the night among adults 18-49. The network also had its highest rated Monday summer night since September 1, 2008.
CBS had a night of repeats with How I Met Your Mother (1.3/4), 2 Broke Girls (1.5/4), Two & A Half Men (1.5/4), Mike & Molly (1.4/4) and Hawaii Five-O (1.2/3)
Fox’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.
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