Stanley Cup Finals television ratings

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The following is an overview of the television ratings for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals in both the United States and Canada.

American television[edit]

NBC's coverage (2006-present)[edit]

2006[edit]

For Game 3 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, NBC got a 1.7 overnight rating, with one point equaling 1% of the United States' 77 million overnight TV households. That was down from a 2.0 for Game 3 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. Out of four television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX) broadcasting programming on Saturday, June 10, NBC came in dead last.

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals earned a mere 2.88 million viewers, and a 1.1/ 4 among adults 18–49 from 8–11 p.m. Game 4 (June 12) earned NBC another fourth place (technically, fifth place if you count TNT the season premiere of The Closer) finish. Game 4 got a 2.6 rating (with a 1.5 in the 18–49 demo) with only 3.85 million viewers.

Game 7 earned NBC a 3.3 rating and 6 share. That was down by 21percent from Game 7 in 2004—the last season before the lockout. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning's Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames had a 4.2 rating and a 7 share on ABC. It was at or near the top in all coveted TV viewer demographics.

In all, the five Stanley Cup Finals games that NBC aired averaged a 2.3 rating and 4 share. That's down by 12% from a 2.6/5 on ABC in 2004. In addition, NBC averaged 3.6 million viewers, which was down by 8% from ABC's 3.9 million in 2004.

2007[edit]

  • According to Mediaweek, Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC (Games 1 and 2 were on Versus) received just 1.73 million viewers and a 0.5/ 2 among adults 18–49 in prime time.
  • According to Mediaweek, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC received 3.02 million viewers and a 1.2/ 3 among adults 18–49 in prime time. The year-ago Stanley Cup match-up scored 3.13 million viewers and a 1.3/ 4 in the demo, based on the final nationals on June 12, 2006.
  • According to Mediaweek, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals (Ottawa vs. Anaheim) earned a 2.1/ 3 in prime time. Comparably, that was 25 percent below the year-ago overnight series average for the Stanley Cup Finals (2.8/ 4 in 2006).

2008[edit]

According to http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/06/stanley-cup-final-games-5-and-6-of-kingsdevils-down-from-last-year/

Game 1(on Versus) had 2.352 Million Viewers

Game 2(on Versus) had 2.608 Million

Game 3 had 4.041 Million

Game 4 had 4.044 Million

Game 5 had 6.247 Million

Game 6 had 6.779 Million

Overall the series averaged 4.345 Million Viewers, 5.278 on NBC

2009[edit]

According to http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/06/stanley-cup-final-games-5-and-6-of-kingsdevils-down-from-last-year/

Game 1 had 4.300 Million Viewers

Game 2 had 5.386 Million

Game 3(on Versus) had 2.955 Million

Game 4(on Versus) had 3.448 Million

Game 5 had 4.446 Million

Game 6 had 5.814 Million

Game 7 had 7.992 Million

Overall the series averaged 4.91 Million Viewers, 5.588 on NBC

2010[edit]

Game 1 produced the best overnight rating in the United States for a Game 1 since 1999. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share was a 12-percent increase from the first game of the 2009 Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.[1]

Game 2 of the series, on Memorial Day, earned a 4.1 rating.[2] The number of viewers increased as the game averaged approximately 6 million viewers with a peak of 6.940 million at 10:30 pm ET.[3] According to NBC, this is the highest Game 2 since at least 1975 because data prior to then is unavailable. Game 2 also saw a 21-percent increase over 2009's second game.[4] In local markets game two drew a 25.1 rating and 39 share in Chicago along with a 18.5 rating and 28 share in Philadelphia.[5]

Game 3 returned to cable on Versus where it received a 2.0 rating and 3.6 million viewers.[2] The broadcast peaked at 5.1 million viewers at 10:30 pm ET. It ranked as the highest rated and most viewed program in the history of Versus, which is now NBC Sports Network.[2] It also ranked as the highest rated and most viewed Stanley Cup Final game on cable television since 2002.[2]

Game 4 saw a decline of 9% from the 2009 Final between the Penguins and the Red Wings as just 3.1 million viewers tuned into the game.[6]

With the series returning to broadcast television on NBC, the ratings trend rebounded and improved over the 2009 Final ratings trend. Game 5's prime time portion of the broadcast received a 3.3 final rating and averaged 5.848 million viewers, an increase of 38% in the ratings and 32% in viewers over the 2009 Final.[7] Locally, the Chicago market received a 26.0 rating while Philadelphia had a 19.7 rating. The three game average for NBC broadcasts rose to 5.4 million viewers, an increase of 800,000 compared to 2009.[8] This increase came despite going head to head with the 2010 NBA Finals.

Game 6 was the most-watched NHL game since Game 6 in 1974,[2] when Gene Hart made his famous announcement of the Flyers winning that game,[2] drawing a 4.7 rating and 8 share, up 38 percent vs. 3.4/6 for Game 6 in 2009.[2][9] The top two markets were Chicago, with a 32.8/50 and Philadelphia, 26.8/38.[2][10]

2011[edit]

NBC's broadcast of Game 7 drew a 5.7 national overnight rating and a 10 share (numbers that equaled Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals),[11] a number later updated to 8.54 million viewers, making the game the most-watched NHL broadcast in the US since 1973;[11] in the Boston market alone, the broadcast pulled in a 43.4 rating and a 64 share.[11]

2012[edit]

Through 6 games, NBC's broadcast averaged approximately 2.98 million viewers per game, the lowest amount of viewers for a nationally-televised Stanley Cup Final series since 2007. Game 6 drew a 4.0/7 overnight rating, up 3 percent from Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first game of the series to see bigger numbers than last year's. It was a growth of 35 percent from Game 5's overnight, which was previously the highest of the series. The Kings' Stanley Cup clinching drew a 13.6/25 in Los Angeles, meaning one in every four people with a television on in the market was watching the Kings emerge victorious. It was the highest-rated hockey game on record in Los Angeles, surpassing Game 7 of Devils vs. Mighty Ducks in 2003 (10.0/18).

2013[edit]

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins were the highest on record since 1994. The Blackhawks won the series in 6 games. http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2013/06/2013-stanley-cup-final-most-viewed-since-at-least-94/

Game 1 on NBC drew a 3.9 final rating and just under 6.4 million viewers on NBC, up 117% in ratings and 119% in viewership from Kings/Devils Game 1 last year (1.8, 2.9M), and up 44% and 39%, respectively, from Bruins/Canucks Game 1 in 2011 (2.7, 4.6M). http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2013/06/stanley-cup-final-bshawks-earns-second-largest-game-1-audience/

Game 2 drew a 2.0 U.S. rating and just under 4.0 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, up 18% in ratings and 37% in viewership from Kings/Devils Game 2 on NBC last year (1.7, 2.9M), but down 9% and up 11%, respectively, from Bruins/Canucks Game 2 on NBC in 2011 (2.2, 3.6M).

Bruins/Blackhawks Game 2 ranks as the most-viewed NHL telecast ever on NBC Sports Network (previously Versus and OLN), topping the previous high of 3.6 million for Blackhawks/Flyers Game 3 in 2010.

Game 3 earned a 2.3 U.S. rating and 4.0 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, up 130% in ratings and viewership from Devils/Kings Game 3 last year (1.0, 1.7M), and up 44% and 45%, respectively, from Canucks/Bruins Game 3 in 2011 (1.6, 2.8M).

Game 3 ranks as the most-viewed NHL telecast ever on NBC Sports Network (previously Versus and OLN), and the network’s second-most viewed program of any kind. The previous marks were held by Saturday’s Game 2 (3.96M). Overall, the game earned the largest Stanley Cup Final audience on cable since Game 1 of Hurricanes/Red Wings on ESPN in 2002 (4.0M).

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final drew a 3.8 final rating and 6.5 million viewers on NBC, up 217% in ratings and 212% in viewership from Devils/Kings Game 4 on NBC Sports Network last year (1.2, 2.1M), and up 138% in both measures from Canucks/Bruins Game 4 on Versus in 2011 (1.6, 2.7M).

Game 4 ranks as the most-viewed Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final since at least 1987, and the most-viewed non-clinching game of any kind since at least 2001 (complete viewership prior to 2002 was not available).

Game 5 drew a 3.2 final rating and 5.6 million viewers on NBC, according to Nielsen fast-nationals — up 60% in ratings and 69% in viewership from Kings/Devils Game 5 last year (2.0, 3.3M), and up 23% and 30%, respectively, from Bruins/Canucks Game 5 in 2011 (2.6, 4.3M).

Game 5 ranks as the highest rated Stanley Cup Final telecast on a Saturday night since Red Wings/Hurricanes Game 3 in 2002 (3.3), and the most-viewed since Devils/Avalanche Game 7 in 2001 (6.9M).

In addition, it ranks as the highest rated and most-viewed Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final since Flyers/Blackhawks in 2010 (3.3, 5.8M).

Game 6 of the Blackhawks/Bruins NHL Stanley Cup Final drew a 4.7 final rating and just under 8.2 million viewers on NBC, up 52% in ratings and 66% in viewership from Devils/Kings Game 6 last year (3.1, 4.9M), and up 47% and 49%, respectively, from Canucks/Bruins Game 6 in 2011 (3.2, 5.5M).

Viewership peaked at 10.4 million from 10:45-11:00 PM ET.

Game 6 ranks as the ninth-most viewed NHL telecast on any network dating back to 1966, and the fourth-most viewed Game 6. The only Game 6 telecasts to earn better numbers were Blackhawks/Flyers in 2010 (8.3M), Canadiens/Blackhawks in 1973 (9.4M), and Bruins/Rangers in 1972 (10.9M).

Game 6 also ranks as the third-most viewed NHL telecast since the league returned to broadcast television in 1995. Only Blackhawks/Flyers Game 6 in 2010 and Bruins/Canucks Game 7 in 2011 (8.5M) drew more viewers since the league’s 1995 return. Overall, the four most-viewed games since 1995 have all aired on NBC.

ABC's coverage (2000-2004)[edit]

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
2000 New Jersey-Dallas 3, 4, 5,[12] 6 3.7
2001 Colorado-New Jersey 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3.3
2002 Detroit-Carolina 3, 4, 5 3.6
2003 New Jersey-Anaheim 3,[13] 4, 5, 6, 7 2.9
2004 Tampa Bay-Calgary 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2.6

Fox's coverage (1995-1999)[edit]

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
1995 New Jersey-Detroit 1, 4 3.4
1996 Colorado-Florida 1, 3 3.6
1997 Detroit-Philadelphia 1 4.0
1998 Detroit-Washington 1 3.3
1999 Dallas-Buffalo 1, 2, 5 3.4

MOST WATCHED STANLEY CUP FINAL GAMES (1966-present)[edit]

According to http://www.sbnation.com/2013/6/25/4463978/stanley-cup-final-tv-ratings-game-6-is-ninth-most-watched-broadcast

1. 5/18/71, Montreal-Chicago – Game 7, 12.41 million, CBS

2. 5/11/72, Boston-NY Rangers – Game 6, 10.93 million, CBS

3. 5/10/73, Montreal-Chicago – Game 6, 9.41 million, NBC

4. 6/15/11, Boston-Vancouver – Game 7, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, 8 share NBC

5. 4/30/72, NY Rangers-Boston – Game 1, 8.51 million, CBS

6. 5/12/74, Boston-Philadelphia – Game 3, 8.30 million, NBC

7. 6/9/10, Chicago-Philadelphia – Game 6, 8.28 million, 4.7 rating, 6 share, NBC

8. 5/7/72, Boston-NY Rangers – Game 4, 8.26 million, CBS

9. 6/24/13, Chicago-Boston - Game 6, 8.16 million, 4.7 rating, NBC

10. 6/12/09, Pittsburgh-Detroit – Game 7, 7.99 million, 4.3 rating, 8 share, NBC

STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7 VIEWERSHIP HISTORY (1966-present)[edit]

According to http://fangsbites.com/2011/06/stanley-cup-final-game-7-becomes-the-most-watched-nhl-game-in-38-years/

1. 5/18/71, Montreal-Chicago, 12.41 million, CBS

2. 6/15/11, Boston-Vancouver, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, NBC

3. 6/12/09, Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7.99 million, 4.3 rating, NBC

4. 6/9/03, Anaheim-New Jersey, 7.17 million, 4.9 million households, 4.6 rating, ABC

5. 6/9/01, New Jersey-Colorado, 6.95 million, 4.268 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC

6. 6/7/04, Calgary-Tampa Bay, 6.29 million, 4.5 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC

7. 6/14/94, NY Rangers-Vancouver, 5.44 million, 3.28 million households,[14] 5.2 rating (6.9 rating when including MSG network),[15] ESPN

8. 6/19/06, Edmonton-Carolina, 5.29 million, 3.3 rating, NBC

9. 5/31/87, Edmonton-Philadelphia, 2.14 million households, 5.0 rating, ESPN

Canadian television[edit]

  • 2010 - Game 1 was viewed by 3.164 million people on CBC.[16] Game 6 was the most-watched All-American Stanley Cup Final game, with 4.077 million viewers.[9] The Final averaged 3.107 million viewers, up 44 percent from 2009.[9]
  • 2009 - Game 7 drew an average of 3.529 million viewers to the CBC. However, it averaged 2.154 million viewers for the seven-game rematch, down 7% from the 2008 final.[17]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Farber, Michael (June 14, 2004). "Dark Days Ahead". Sports Illustrated. "If recent NHL news has been grim—the rating for Game 3 of the final on ABC was 1.4, the second lowest for any prime-time show in the history of the major networks—the league's short-term prospects are even bleaker." 
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  20. ^ Houston, William (November 6, 1997). "Cole's Close Call". The Globe and Mail. p. S4. "Cole's three most memorable TV games: 1. Game 7 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals (Edmonton 3, Philadelphia 1). The Oilers at their peak. 2. Game 3 of 1996 World Cup of Hockey Final (United States 5, Canada 2). 'I was devastated.' 3. Game 7, 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (New York Rangers 3, Vancouver 2). 'A great series.'" 

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