NBC’s Press Release on Game 2 Ratings

NEW YORK – June 1, 2010 — Last night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final registered the best overnight rating for a Game 2 on record. The 4.1 overnight rating and 7 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 2 is higher than all other Stanley Cup Final Game 2’s since 1975. NHL overnight data prior to 1975 is unavailable. NBC again won the night, as it did Saturday for Game 1, finishing No. 1 in primetime (2.4, A18-49).

Game 2 posted a 21-percent increase over last year’s Game 2 (3.4) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

Last night’s game peaked at a 4.7/8 in final half-hour. Chicago led all markets with a 25.1 rating and 39 share. Philadelphia followed with an 18.5 rating and 28 share.

The two-game average overnight rating for Games 1 and 2 is a 3.5, the best two-game average overnight rating for the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final in 11 years (3.8 on Fox in 1999, Buffalo vs. Dallas,) and up 17 percent over last year (3.0).

Top 10 Markets

1. Chicago 25.1/39

2. Philadelphia 18.5/28

3. Buffalo 10.2/16

4. Indianapolis 6.3/10

5. Pittsburgh 4.9/8

6. Detroit 4.4/7

7. Seattle 4.1/9

8. Denver 3.8/7

T9. Ft. Myers 3.7/6

T9. Las Vegas 3.7/6


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2 Responses to NBC’s Press Release on Game 2 Ratings

  1. Rhett says:

    Seattle has a 4.1 rating, #7 overall according to this, and yet the game got shifted from KING to its sister station, KONG. Very interesting.

  2. Colton says:

    Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Seattle are always on every top 10 market list for big events.

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