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‘Hawks-Kings Game 7 broke NBCSN’s overnight ratings record

Jun 2, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Blackhawks-Kings AP

The Western Conference Final featured two of the best teams in recent history in a back-and-forth series that had a bit of almost everything. When the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks’ battle led to a Game 7, fans wanted to tune in to see how it would end.

Los Angeles’ 5-4 overtime victory over Chicago drew a 3.17 metered market rating, per Nielsen Media Research. That’s an overnight ratings record for an NHL game on NBCSN, surpassing Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins (3.10).

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).

The game also attracted a strong audience from New York as Rangers fans watched to see who their team would face in the Stanley Cup Final. The contest drew a 3.7 rating in New York, which set a new high for NBCSN among non-Stanley Cup Final games that didn’t feature a New York team.

  1. tfilarski - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    too bad the NBC contract lasts until 2021. Would like to see what a new US contract would look like after the canadian tv deal

    • jwalsh217 - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Completely agree. I love NBC’s coverage but the the NHL is getting basically double what the MLS is going to get in their new tv deal. The NHL is worth so much for money than that.

  2. hockeyornothing - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Will be interesting to see the SC finals numbers too. Something tells me the LA numbers won’t be much better.

  3. jwalsh217 - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    does anyone know the number of viewers?

    • Professor Fate - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      The 4.8 rating in L.A. translates to about 300,000 homes. Chicago’s 22.7 equals about 800,000 homes.

      NBC lead announcer Doc Emrick will be absent for the first game of the finals due to a death in his family. Kenny Albert, who had called the Western Conference Finals on NBCSN, will be substituting for Emrick.

  4. sharksman - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    yeah and get ready for the really bad ratings for the finals…….

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Between the two largest tv markets in the country?

      • jerrytsao - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM

        True but not many people cares about hockey in 2 biggest market of the nation

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        You mean the state that has 3 NHL teams?

  5. tapefolie - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Now put all the games on BROADCAST!! No one has cable anymore, everything is heading toward streaming and broadcast TV

  6. maritime85 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I watched

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Me too, then I died

  7. bullwinkle88 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Buffalo always has the highest TV ratings of almost every hockey game out there, not counting the two participants. NY beat them only because of the situation. If NY wasn’t in it, Buffalo would be the “Kings” of hockey once again – TV wise. (Don’t talk to me about the team)

  8. heynyc61 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Why would you say there will be bad ratings for the finals? I make it a point to stay away from downers at work and with friends. Now add in sports

  9. blomfeld - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Nielsen Media Research is also reporting that here in Vancouver, last night’s game had a rating of 87.6 which is truly incredible, notwithstanding the fact that Vancouver is a ‘true’ hockey city. In addition, the VPD (Vancouver Police Department) also reported today that there were ‘zero’ 911 calls made to them last night between 1700-2130 hours.

    • Professor Fate - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      More posts like these, blom, instead of those goofy scenarios you come up with.

      • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        back off Fate, seriously …

  10. raidcell - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    The ratings would have been even higher in Chicago if NBC did not shut out those using only antenna for their signal. Also some fans who have cable were also shutout because their cable package did not include nbcsn. why would NBC choose to do this?

    • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Notwithstanding the fact that you likely mean well friend … why ?

      • bullwinkle88 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! for that wonderful video of the greatest band of all time.

        I only wish you could have made it longer. I was 19 when they came to the U.S. Memories that will never be forgotten.

        Now what were we talking about? Hockey???

        I think I’m going to go and play some Beatles albums. I still have them all.

  11. dolphincult - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    wow, no editorial from joey what his nuts yet? Fingers must be sore from the first 100 posts he put up today.

  12. shamu1the1whale - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    I feel like the CHI-LAK series matchup this year was like watching the Stanley Cup Final itself. It was just that exciting and awesome to watch. Tough way for it to end for Chicago, but man I felt like I was watching the Final round!

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      You were.

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