RATINGS: Game 6 Even With Game 5

A Game 6 that didn’t really get interesting until the final minutes drew the exact same number of viewers as a Game 5 that went to overtime on a last second goal.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals drew 1.65 million viewers, even with the number of viewers for Game 5 between the two clubs. It ties for the third-most watched game of the playoffs on cable.

Four cable broadcasts from the Capitals/Rangers series have averaged 1.67 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched of the four conference semifinal series. Game 7 of the series airs Saturday night on NBCSN.

Capitals/Rangers Viewership Numbers on Cable

Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 1.53 million
Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN): 1.65 million
Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN): 1.65 million

Games Drawing Over One Million Viewers During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
2.
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
t3. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
t3. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
5. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
6. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
7. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 1.32 million
8. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
9. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
10. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 1.07 million
11. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

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