The Los Angeles Kings have made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three seasons. But it took a brutal three rounds of best of seven series to get there, and it seems like no one wanted to miss out on the action.
It all started with the highest ranked game for the Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game 6. Second highest was Game 5 of that year.
The game had a 22.7 rating in Chicago, which is the most ever for a Blackhawks contest on NBCSN. Los Angeles produced its best metered market rating for a conference finals game on NBCSN (4.8).
This year, when the Kings faced the Chicago Blackhawks for the second year in a row in the Western Conference Final. The Game 7 where the Kings became the champions, had a 22.7 rating in Chicago, all time high for the Blackhawks and Los Angeles produced 4.8, its best metered market rating for a conference finals game on NBCSN.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, on NBC averaged 4.777 million viewers, which made it the second-most watched Game 1 ever televised by NBC. The highest most watched Game 1 on NBC was last years Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The game peaked at 5.7 million viewers from Between 7:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. PT, the game reached 5.7 million viewers. Los Angeles reached a 7.1 metered market rating, making it the third-most watched NBC-televised game on NBC. Games 5(second highest) and 6 (all-time highest) in 2012 Stanley Cup Final surpassed that rating. New York Rangers recorded a 10.1 metered market rating, making it its best NHL rating. Game 1 for the Kings drew in well over 1 million dollars in revenue, a all-time high for the Kings.
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final drew in 8.9 meter ranking in Los Angeles making it the second best rating after Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. New York passed its Game 1 all-time high with a 10.5 metered ranking for a NHL game on NBC/NBCSN.
We can only wonder what new high they will reach as the series progresses. Game’s 3 and 4 are headed to New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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