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 … Read More »