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)