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2014 Cup final ranks fifth in average viewers since 1994

Jun 16, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings’ five-game victory over the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final was just the fifth Cup final since 1994 to eclipse an average of 5 million TV viewers in the United States, according to NBC Sports Group.

2013: Chicago/Boston, 6 games (5.753 million)
1997: Detroit/Philly, 4 games (5.289)
2010: Chicago/Philly, 6 games (5.167)
2002: Detroit/Carolina, 5 games (5.113)
2014: New York/Los Angeles, 5 games (5.001)

There’s more information in the release. For example, here are the top 10 markets across the country for Game 5:

1 Los Angeles 12.4
2 New York 10.4
3 Buffalo 9.2
4 Boston 6.3
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul 6.3
6 Pittsburgh 5.5
7 Chicago 5.4
7 Providence 5.4
9 West Palm Beach 5.2
9 Las Vegas 5.2

The bottom two are kind of interesting. Assume lots of retired Rangers fans in West Palm Beach, and a good number of Kings fans in Vegas (which just so happens to be a candidate for an expansion team.)

  1. hockey412 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Nice to see Pittsburgh outviewed Philly :)

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      And of course, Buffalo beat both of them – as usual.

      • hockey412 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM


      • rje49 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Too bad it doesn’t count in the standings, huh?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      It is?

  2. djshnooks - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    This is why you can’t/shouldn’t get sick of me ranting about the Sabres, though!

    We have gone and proven our worth and “fan hood,” even when our team is the worst team in the entire NHL…and the worst in Buffalo Sabres franchise history.

    We support those who came and left a positive imprint on the team and community, which is exactly what Robyn Regehr did during his time in Buffalo.

    We support those who have been, or are, a part of our family…that’s Jordan Nolan.

    We support those who’ve given us everything, but couldn’t quite make the jump and needed a change of scenery to see their career blossom…that would be young defenseman Brayden McNabb…who Kings fans will become very happy with.

    Most importantly, in my opinion anyways…we support our own, those who grew up with us and called/calls beautiful Upstate-NY their “home”…that would be the best captain in sports, Dustin Brown…the pride and joy of Ithaca, NY!

    This is why we belong in the conversation for maybe not the title of “HockeyTown, USA,” but for the title of “HockeyRegion, USA”…or just, “Hockey Heaven, USA!”

    We love our hockey…and it won’t stop! :-)

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      You’re absolutely correct. Buffalo is truly Hockey Town, USA, regardless of what Detroit thinks or says.

  3. blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM


    Just heard that coach Sutter is doing his ‘thing’ down there in the city of Angels by going shirtless in our victory parade ? You just gotta love it man ! :)


  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    That’s awesome to see Pittsburgh at #6.

  5. flyboystransport - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Wow the 2nd and 3rd most viewed cups were ones philly played in. They don’t count south jersey in phillys ratings. Overall it’s good to see hockey is getting viewed more…especially in places where there isn’t a team

  6. papajack1259 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Say what you will Boston loves Hockey.

  7. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I wish Canadian teams would be on these lists. I want to see how the US ratings are doing compared the those people who are truly addicted to hockey.

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