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NBC Reports 6.8 Million Viewers for Game 6. Up 111% from 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 06 June 2008 19:01

NHL on NBCAs 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 night’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).

NBC’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). 

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 NBC’s highest Wednesday average in that demo since Jan. 23. From 10-11 p.m. ET, NBC’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.

“Two great teams, at the top of their game, generated significant interest,” said NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer. “Hopefully this provides a launching point for future growth. We can’t wait for our season to begin, somewhere outdoors, next season.”

Source: National Hockey League


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