Oh, Canada? Game 1 Draws Best Overnight Ratings in 12 Years
June 2, 2011 10 Comments
Well, I bet you didn’t see that headline coming.
NBC drew a 3.2/6 overnight rating for Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final last night. Those were the best numbers for a Game 1 since 1999, according to NBC, and up 14% from Game 1 of last year’s Philadelphia/Chicago final. The game peaked during the 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET hour, when the game drew a 3.8/6 for Raffi Torres’ game-winner with 18.5 seconds left.
Game 1 scored big time in New England. Boston led all markets with an unsurprising monster of a 25.5/39 rating. This was up 27% from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, which drew an 18.8. The game scored a 16.7/24 in Providence, which was also up from Game 7 of the prior series.
I’ll have more, including viewership numbers, half-hour breakdowns, demo numbers and a complete recap as the day builds. But, despite the fact that viewer levels are higher on Wednesday than on Sunday, how can you complain with being up from Philadelphia Chicago with Boston/Vancouver? A big winner for the NHL today.