Stanley Cup Finals television ratings
American television 
NBC's coverage (2006-present) 
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.
- 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).
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
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
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.
Game 2 of the series, on Memorial Day, earned a 4.1 rating. 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. 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. 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.
Game 3 returned to cable on Versus where it received a 2.0 rating and 3.6 million viewers. 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. It also ranked as the highest rated and most viewed Stanley Cup Final game on cable television since 2002.
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 in to the game.
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. 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. 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, when Gene Hart made his famous announcement of the Flyers winning that game, drawing a 4.7 rating and 8 share, up 38 percent vs. 3.4/6 for Game 6 in 2009. The top two markets were Chicago, with a 32.8/50 and Philadelphia, 26.8/38.
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), a number later updated to 8.54 million viewers, making the game the most-watched NHL broadcast in the US since 1973; in the Boston market alone, the broadcast pulled in a 43.4 rating and a 64 share.
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. Ducks in 2003 (10.0/18).
ABC's coverage (2000-2004) 
|2000||New Jersey-Dallas||3, 4, 5, 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, 4, 5, 6, 7||2.9|
|2004||Tampa Bay-Calgary||3, 4, 5, 6, 7||2.6|
Fox's coverage (1995-1999) 
|1995||New Jersey-Detroit||1, 4||3.4|
|1999||Dallas-Buffalo||1, 2, 5||3.4|
Canadian television 
- 2011 - Game 7 was second most-watched CBC Sports program, drawing an average of 8.76 million viewers and trailing only the men's gold medal game in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics;
- 2010 - Game 1 was viewed by 3.164 million people on CBC. Game 6 was the most-watched All-American Stanley Cup Final game, with 4.077 million viewers. The Final averaged 3.107 million viewers, up 44 percent from 2009.
- 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.
- 1994 - With an average Canadian audience of 4.957 million viewers, Game 7 was the most watched CBC Sports program until the 10.6 million viewers for the men's ice hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics, when Canada won its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal since the 1952 Winter Olympics. Bob Cole said that Game 7 was one of his most memorable TV games.
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