Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stanley Cup does record ratings

The 2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers on NBC Sports was the most-watched and highest-rated NHL game in 36 years.

     Last night’s game – which saw the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers, 4-3, on a goal by Patrick Kane 4:06 into overtime to give Chicago its first Stanley Cup since 1961 and end the NHL’s longest championship drought – was watched by 8.28 million viewers, the most since 1974 (8.29 million viewers, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 3 on NBC), 43 percent higher than last year’s Game 6 (5.8 million viewers) and four percent higher than last year’s Game 7 (8.0 million).

     Game 6 posted a national household rating of 4.7 and an 8 share, making it the highest-rated NHL game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on NBC), 38 percent higher than last year’s Game 6 (3.4/6) and nine percent higher than last year’s Game 7 (4.3/8).

Additional Ratings Notes:
     Game 6 peaked at a 6.2/11 from 11-11:20 p.m. ET when Kane scored the  game-winner and the Blackhawks celebrated their victory.  NBC Sports broadcast four of the series’ six games (1-2, 5-6). Those
     four games averaged 6.1 million viewers, the best network-TV series average in 13 years (6.4 million, Detroit-Philadelphia, one game on  Fox in 1997) and up nine percent vs. last year (5.6 million viewers).
     The average-series rating was a 3.4/6, the best on network TV in  eight years (2002, 3.6/7, Carolina-Detroit on ABC) and up 10 percent  vs. 2009 (3.1/6).
     Chicago averaged a 25.2/41 rating for the four network-TV games.
     Philadelphia averaged a 19.6/30.

TOP 10 MARKETS - GAME 6
1.   Chicago          32.8/50
2.   Philadelphia    26.8/38
3.   Buffalo            13.5/20
4.   Pittsburgh        9.7/14
T5. Detroit             6.3/10
T5. Indianapolis     6.3/10
7.   Fort Myers      6.1/10
8.   Minneapolis     5.9/11
9.   Las Vegas       5.7/9
10. Boston             5.1/9

TOP NON-NHL MARKETS - GAME 6
 1.    Indianapolis   6.3
2.     Ft Myers        6.1
3.     Las Vegas     5.7
4.     Milwaukee     5.0
5.     Baltimore       4.5
6.     Memphis       4.3
7.     Seattle           4.1
8.     West Palm    4.0
9.     Orlando         3.8
T10. San Diego     3.7
T10. Greensboro   3.7
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