As first reported Thursday, the overnight Neilsen ratings, which look at large markets were up for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, now the final figures show how well the NHL and NBC did.
Wednesday nightâ€™s deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC drew an average of 6.8 million viewers making it the most-watched Game 6 since the NHL returned to network television in 1995 and the third most-watched Stanley Cup Final game overall in that same span. The 4.0 national rating and 7 share is a 111 percent increase over Game 6 in 2006 (Edmonton-Carolina, 1.9/4).
NBCâ€™s Stanley Cup average (3.2/6, 4 telecasts) earned the best rating and was the most-viewed series (5.4 million average viewers) since the 2002 Final (Carolina-Detroit, 3.6/7, 5.8 million viewers, 3 telecasts).Â
NBC finished No. 1 for the night in all key adult-male demographics and No. 2 overall for the night. The 2.9 (Adults 18-49) is NBCâ€™s highest Wednesday average in that demo since Jan. 23. From 10-11 p.m. ET, NBCâ€™s Stanley Cup coverage dominated the competition in key demographics, beating the combined ABC-CBS rating for that hour in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and all key adult-male demos.
â€œTwo great teams, at the top of their game, generated significant interest,â€ said NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer. â€œHopefully this provides a launching point for future growth. We canâ€™t wait for our season to begin, somewhere outdoors, next season.â€
Source: National Hockey League
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