BREAKING: Game 6 Likely Highest Rated NHL Overnight in 37 Years
June 10, 2010 9 Comments
A win for the ages for Chicago Blackhawk fans will likely go down as a game for the ages for the NHL.
Game #6 between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, won by Chicago on a bizarre Overtime goal by Patrick Kane, scored a hockey-massive 5.7/10 overnight rating, likely making it the highest rated National Hockey League game in 37 years, breaking a mark that last year’s Penguins/Red Wings Game 7 set. This is perhaps the highest-rated game on record, and the first time I’ve ever seen a 10-share associated with an NHL game.
The game peaked from 11-11:30PM with a terrific 7.1/13. The game finished in 2nd place overall in the ratings from 8-10PM, while the lowest rated half-hour was 8PM again, with a 4.3/8, topping almost every half-hour of Game 1. The game averaged a 6.6/11 in the 10PM hour, winning that particular timeslot, before coming up with the huge 7.1 rating after 11PM. The telecast ended at 11:30 PM. The game scored a total 5.5/9 in primetime.
Overall, the game was up 30% from last year’s Game 6 (a 4.4/7). Overnights from Game 7 of last year’s record-setting Penguins/Red Wings game are unavailable. Numbers are preliminary, but all indications from the metered markets are that this game will break that game’s ratings, as the game drew a final rating of 4.2 and 7.9 million viewers, and the ratings for Devils/Mighty Ducks in ’03 (4.6, 7.1 million viewers) to become the highest-rated hockey game since 1973.
There’ll be more later. You can bet on it. Even in my wildest imaginations I couldn’t have drawn this figure up. This is going to be a very good day for our sport.