Blackhawks-Bruins Thriller Gets Highest Stanley Cup Game 1 Ratings in 16 Years

NBC's telecast of thrilling three-overtime Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night drew the highest ratings for the first game of a Stanley Cup Finals in 16 years. The Blackhawks won 4-3 in three overtimes.

According to Deadline, the game got a 4.8 overnight rating, which was the "best overnight rating for an NHL Stanley Cup Game 1 since the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers played in 1997." This is yet another example of how well live sports continue to perform in a media landscape that is becoming more fragmented.

Here are the top 5 markets from last night’s game:

1. Boston (28.1)

2. Chicago (25.1)

3. Providence (18.5)

4. Buffalo (8.5)

5. Milwaukee (6.1)


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