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TV ratings continue to rise for 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Jun 20, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

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The numbers are in, and the Stanley Cup Final continues to draw record television audiences.

According to a statement released by the NBC Sports Group, this year’s final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks has drawn an average of 5.356 million viewers per game, “making it the most-watched Final through four games on record (data available since 1994), according to The Nielsen Company.”

The series between the Original Six teams is tied at two-games apiece, as it shifts back to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks evened the series with an exciting 6-5 overtime win in Boston.

It was the third game of the final to reach overtime, and the theater provided in an 11-goal game was certainly enough to entice more viewers.

Wednesday’s Game 4 peaked with an audience of 8.192 million viewers, according to NBC Sports. The average audience was 6.459 million on NBC. That’s up 120 per cent from the same game between the L.A. Kings and New Jersey Devils in the 2012 final.

The TV ratings have continued to grow in this series.

Game 3 of this series broke the NBCSN ratings record set in the second game.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Dear Mr. Bettman:

    Your welcome


    Hawks/Bruins fans all over the country

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Dear Hawks/Bruins fans,

      Your original 6 legacy is only half of what made the masses tune in. 11 goals were scored in game 4. Offense and pace of the game make people tune in.


      A fan outside of Boston and Chicago that’s pays attention to viewership numbers.

      Side Note…………..Most markets outside of Boston and Chicago saw viewership double in game 4 from game 3 when more than 4 goals were scored.

  2. titansbro - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Only because it’s 2 good hockey fan bases, original 6 teams. If this was Florida vs Phoenix it would set record lows.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      The star power has as much to do with it as the legacy of the franchises. Toews, Kane, Keith, Krejci, Jagr, Chara….etc……….make people want to stay tuned.

      The majority of average fans weren’t going to watch the Miami Heat before names like D-wade, Shaq and more importantly Lebron showed up.

  3. tdrusher225 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    As many problems as it has, the NHL has a lot of room to grow and it seems to do so every year in many different aspects. Having 2 of the best hockey markets in North America playing in the Final does help as far as ratings go, but this is still quite impressive. The NHL is a game on the rise and I’m certainly glad to be along for the ride.

  4. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    “making it the most-watched Final through four games on record”

    Most-watched for Finals shown on NBC? Or all networks?

  5. sportsfan69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Yeah, who’s actually watching the NBA anymore? Hockey kicks butt over the predictable NBA.

    • badintent - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      Since you’ve never watched a NBA game, I let you on the difference. You have to have a brain to memorize plays in the NBA. Hockey has no strategy. just shot the puck and smash the guy in front of you. Chumpass

      • bruins18 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:54 AM

        Apparently you just a “chumpass”….

      • bitlrc - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        I would watch postgame press conferences with NBA players and NHL players, and then decide which ones “have a brain”

      • badintent - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Yeah all the cheap shot head shots in the NHL are approaching the NFL brain concussion dementia level, so you can watch the nursing home press conferences for some NHL babble. Good luck with that.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Basketball strategy:

        1. Get touched.
        2. Fall over like you’ve been shot by a sniper.
        3. Complain when you don’t get the call.

      • badintent - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Get touched in the skates
        Fall down like you been tripped
        Yell at the linemen, ref, coaches, mommy
        NBA players don’t wear all that little girl padding either.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        You’re even worse at trolling than I initially gave you credit. Congrats.

      • clefty1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        badintent, spoken like a moron who has no clue about hockey or has never played. Basketball is a ghetto game where the players just run around aimlessly committing sissy fouls, basketball stops every couple of seconds as well, oh that is exciting. Hockey has power, speed and action rolled into one and is much more a mans game then basketball is or ever will be and it takes more to become a hockey player as far as training and learning how to play then it does dribbling a ball and shooting through a hoop.

      • badintent - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        Sissy fouls ? Like 10 guys bigger than Chara smashing you down on the ground from 3 feet above the ground? Oh yes , the sticks do give you an edge for smashing guys in the head. Those cheap shot knee on knee hits are wonderful too. If I want to see good skating, I can watch the figure skating.Ice hockey is a trailer trash game played by guys that failed at curling and ice fishing

  6. westpalmlion - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    We’ll be seeing this on nhl network classic series for the foreseeable future

  7. billsysabres - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I believe buffalo watches the most even when other teams are in the finals

  8. arbruins - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Basketball was a sport designed to keep regular athletes in shape during their off season. Boring and predictable, just as any other workout routine is.

  9. bakedbees - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Great finals without any of the “skilled” figure skaters toe picking all over the place (LA, Pitt)
    (laughing at Blumfeld and the entire ‘guins fanbase)

  10. clefty1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The Cup Finals for once is not dealing with the NBA on the same night as they have in the past..

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