Stanley Cup Finals television ratings

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

American television[edit]

NBC's coverage (2006–present)[edit]

The following table shows the ratings for each game of the Stanley Cup finals. The numbers in parentheses represent number of viewers (measured in millions).

Year Network (Games) Results Avg. Game one Game two Game three Game four Game five Game six Game seven
2017 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
Nashville Predators 2
2.7
(4.7M)
2.8
(4.9M)[1]
1.8
(3.2M)[2]
1.6
(3M)[3]
3.2
(5M)[4]
2.6
(4.4M)[5]
3.9
(7.0M)[6]
No Game
2016 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
San Jose Sharks 2
2.4
(4.0M)
2.7
(4.1M)[7]
1.4
(2.5M)[8]
1.5
(2.8M)[9]
2.5
(4.2M)[9]
3.0
(5.0M)[10]
3.1
(5.4M)[11]
No Game
2015 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Tampa Bay Lightning 2
3.2
(5.6M)
3.3
(5.5M)[12]
3.9
(6.6M)[13]
2.2
(3.9M)[14]
2.2
(3.9M)[15]
3.0
(5.3M)[16]
4.4
(8.0M)[17]
No Game
2014 NBC (1, 2, 5)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Los Angeles Kings 4,
New York Rangers 1
3.0
(5.0M)
3.0
(4.8M)[18]
3.7
(6.4M)[19]
1.7
(2.9M)[20]
2.0
(3.4M)[21]
3.7
(6.0M)[22]
No Game
2013 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Boston Bruins 2
3.3
(5.8M)
3.9
(6.4M)
2.0
(4.0M)
2.3
(4.0M)
3.8
(6.5M)
3.2
(5.6M)
4.7
(8.2M)
No Game
2012 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Los Angeles Kings 4,
New Jersey Devils 2
1.8
(3.0M)
1.8
(2.9M)
1.7
(2.9M)
1.0
(1.7M)
1.2
(2.1M)
2.0
(3.3M)
3.1
(4.9M)
No Game
2011 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Versus (3, 4)
Boston Bruins 4,
Vancouver Canucks 3
2.7
(4.6M)
2.7
(4.6M)
2.2
(3.6M)
1.6
(2.8M)
1.6
(2.7M)
2.6
(4.3M)
3.2
(5.5M)
4.8
(8.5M)
2010 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
Versus (3, 4)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Philadelphia Flyers 2
3.1
(5.2M)
2.8
(4.4M)[23]
4.1
(5.9M)[24][25]
2.0
(3.6M)
1.7
(3.1M) [26]
3.3
(5.8M)[27]
4.7
(8.3M)[28]
No Game
2009 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Versus (3, 4)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
Detroit Red Wings 3
2.7
(4.9M)
2.4
(4.3M)
3.1
(5.4M)
1.7
(3.0M)
1.8
(3.4M)
2.4
(4.4M)
3.4
(5.8M)
4.3
(8.0M)
2008 NBC (3, 4, 5, 6)
Versus (1, 2)
Detroit Red Wings 4,
Pittsburgh Penguins 2
2.6
(4.3M)
1.2
(2.4M)
1.3
(2.6M)
2.4
(4.0M)
2.3
(4.0M)
3.8
(6.2M)
4.0
(6.8M)
No Game
2007 NBC (3, 4, 5)
Versus (1, 2)
Anaheim Ducks 4,
Ottawa Senators 1
1.2
(1.6M)
0.5
(525K)
0.4
(450K)
1.1
(1.7M)
1.9
(2.1M)
1.8
(3.0M)
No Game
2006 NBC (3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
OLN (1, 2)
Carolina Hurricanes 4,
Edmonton Oilers 3
1.8
(2.9M)
0.6
(650K)
0.5
(525K)
1.6
(2.9M)
2.6
(3.9M)
2.5
(4.1M)
1.9
(3.0M)
3.3
(5.3M)

ABC's coverage (2000–2004)[edit]

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
2004 Tampa Bay LightningCalgary Flames 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2.6
2003 New Jersey Devils-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3,[29] 4, 5, 6, 7 2.9
2002 Detroit Red WingsCarolina Hurricanes 3, 4, 5 3.6
2001 Colorado AvalancheNew Jersey Devils 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3.3
2000 New Jersey DevilsDallas Stars 3, 4, 5,[30] 6 3.7

Fox's coverage (1995–1999)[edit]

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
1999 Dallas StarsBuffalo Sabres 1, 2, 5 3.4
1998 Detroit Red WingsWashington Capitals 1 3.3
1997 Detroit Red WingsPhiladelphia Flyers 1 4.0
1996 Colorado AvalancheFlorida Panthers 1, 3 3.6
1995 New Jersey DevilsDetroit Red Wings 1, 4 3.4

Most watched games[edit]

Most watched Stanley Cup finals games (1966–present)[edit]

Source: [1]

  1. May 18, 1971, Montreal-Chicago – game seven, 12.41 million, 20.6 rating CBS
  2. May 11, 1972, Boston-NY Rangers – game six, 10.93 million, 17.6 rating CBS
  3. May 10, 1973, Montreal-Chicago – game six, 9.41 million, 15.2 rating NBC
  4. June 15, 2011, Boston-Vancouver – game seven, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, 8 share NBC
  5. April 30, 1972, NY Rangers-Boston – game one, 8.51 million, 13.7 rating CBS
  6. May 12, 1974, Boston-Philadelphia – game three, 8.30 million, 12.5 rating NBC
  7. June 9, 2010, Chicago-Philadelphia – game six, 8.28 million, 4.7 rating, 6 share, NBC
  8. May 7, 1972, Boston-NY Rangers – game four, 8.26 million, 13.3 rating CBS
  9. June 24, 2013, Chicago-Boston — game six, 8.16 million, 4.7 rating, NBC
  10. June 15, 2015, Chicago-Tampa Bay – game six, 8 million, 4.4 rating, 8 share, NBC[31]

Stanley Cup game seven viewership history (1966–present)[edit]

As per Fang's Bites.

  1. May 18, 1971, Montreal-Chicago, 12.41 million, 20.6 rating CBS
  2. June 15, 2011, Boston-Vancouver, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, NBC
  3. June 12, 2009, Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7.99 million, 4.3 rating, NBC
  4. June 9, 2003, Anaheim-New Jersey, 7.17 million, 4.9 million households, 4.6 rating, ABC
  5. June 9, 2001, New Jersey-Colorado, 6.95 million, 4.268 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC
  6. June 7, 2004, Calgary-Tampa Bay, 6.29 million, 4.5 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC
  7. June 14, 1994, NY Rangers-Vancouver, 5.44 million, 3.28 million households,[32] 5.2 rating (6.9 rating when including MSG network),[33] ESPN
  8. June 19, 2006, Edmonton-Carolina, 5.29 million, 3.3 rating, NBC
  9. May 31, 1987, Edmonton-Philadelphia, 2.14 million households, ESPN

Canadian television[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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