Stanley Cup Finals On Pace for Record Ratings

Monday night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final registered the best overnight rating for a Game 2 on record. The 4.1 overnight rating and 7 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 2 is higher than all other Stanley Cup Final Game 2’s since 1975. NHL overnight data prior to 1975 is unavailable.

The record rating follows up Saturday’s game, which produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years (2.8 overnight rating, 6 share). That was the best Game 1 rating since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox).

The two-game average overnight rating for Games 1 and 2 is a 3.5, the best two-game average overnight rating for the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final in 11 years (3.8 on Fox in 1999, Buffalo vs. Dallas,) and up 17 percent over last year (3.0). NBC finished No. 1 in primetime both nights, scoring a 2.4 in adults 18-49 for Game 1 and a 1.7 in the demographic for Game 2.

Game 2 posted a 21-percent increase over last year’s Game 2 (3.4) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 2 peaked at a 4.7/8 in final half-hour. Chicago led all markets with a 25.1 rating and 39 share. Philadelphia followed with an 18.5 rating and 28 share.

Game 1 also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s matchup (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC). Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.