Stanley Cup Finals television ratings

The following is an overview of the television ratings for the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Stanley Cup Finals in both the United States and Canada.

American television

NBC's coverage (2006–present)

The following table shows the ratings for each game of the Stanley Cup finals. The numbers in parentheses represent number of viewers (measured in millions).

Year Network (Games) Results Avg. Game one Game two Game three Game four Game five Game six Game seven
2019 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6, 7)
NBCSN (2, 3)
St. Louis Blues 4,
Boston Bruins 3
3.0
(5.333M)
2.9
(5.251M)
2.0
(3.386M)
1.6
(2.930M)
3.1
(5.128M)
3.2
(5.443M)
3.6
(6.469M)
4.9
(8.723M)
2018 NBC (1, 4, 5)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Washington Capitals 4, Vegas Golden Knights 1 3.0
(4.9M)[1]
2.9
(5.2M)[2]
2.8
(3.8M)[3]
2.5
(3.6M)[4]
3.0
(5.1M)[5]
3.9
(6.7M)[1]
No Game
2017 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
Nashville Predators 2
2.7
(4.7M)
2.8
(4.9M)[6]
1.8
(3.2M)[7]
1.6
(3M)[8]
3.2
(5.7M)[9]
2.6
(4.4M)[10]
3.9
(7.0M)[11]
No Game
2016 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
San Jose Sharks 2
2.4
(4.0M)
2.7
(4.1M)[12]
1.4
(2.5M)[13]
1.5
(2.8M)[14]
2.5
(4.2M)[14]
3.0
(5.0M)[15]
3.1
(5.4M)[16]
No Game
2015 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Tampa Bay Lightning 2
3.2
(5.6M)
3.3
(5.5M)[17]
3.9
(6.6M)[18]
2.2
(3.9M)[19]
2.2
(3.9M)[20]
3.0
(5.3M)[21]
4.4
(8.0M)[22]
No Game
2014 NBC (1, 2, 5)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Los Angeles Kings 4,
New York Rangers 1
3.0
(5.0M)
3.0
(4.8M)[23]
3.7
(6.4M)[24]
1.7
(2.9M)[25]
2.0
(3.4M)[26]
3.7
(6.0M)[27]
No Game
2013 NBC (1, 4, 5, 6)
NBCSN (2, 3)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Boston Bruins 2
3.3
(5.8M)
3.9
(6.4M)
2.0
(4.0M)
2.3
(4.0M)
3.8
(6.5M)
3.2
(5.6M)
4.7
(8.2M)
No Game
2012 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
NBCSN (3, 4)
Los Angeles Kings 4,
New Jersey Devils 2
1.8
(3.0M)
1.8
(2.9M)
1.7
(2.9M)
1.0
(1.7M)
1.2
(2.1M)
2.0
(3.3M)
3.1
(4.9M)
No Game
2011 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Versus (3, 4)
Boston Bruins 4,
Vancouver Canucks 3
2.7
(4.6M)
2.7
(4.6M)
2.2
(3.6M)
1.6
(2.8M)
1.6
(2.7M)
2.6
(4.3M)
3.2
(5.5M)
4.8
(8.5M)
2010 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6)
Versus (3, 4)
Chicago Blackhawks 4,
Philadelphia Flyers 2
3.1
(5.2M)
2.8
(4.4M)[28]
4.1
(5.9M)[29][30]
2.0
(3.6M)
1.7
(3.1M) [31]
3.3
(5.8M)[32]
4.7
(8.3M)[33]
No Game
2009 NBC (1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Versus (3, 4)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4,
Detroit Red Wings 3
2.7
(4.9M)
2.4
(4.3M)
3.1
(5.4M)
1.7
(3.0M)
1.8
(3.4M)
2.4
(4.4M)
3.4
(5.8M)
4.3
(8.0M)
2008 NBC (3, 4, 5, 6)
Versus (1, 2)
Detroit Red Wings 4,
Pittsburgh Penguins 2
2.6
(4.3M)
1.2
(2.4M)
1.3
(2.6M)
2.4
(4.0M)
2.3
(4.0M)
3.8
(6.2M)
4.0
(6.8M)
No Game
2007 NBC (3, 4, 5)
Versus (1, 2)
Anaheim Ducks 4,
Ottawa Senators 1
1.2
(1.6M)
0.5
(525K)
0.4
(450K)
1.1
(1.7M)
1.9
(2.1M)
1.8
(3.0M)
No Game
2006 NBC (3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
OLN (1, 2)
Carolina Hurricanes 4,
Edmonton Oilers 3
1.8
(2.9M)
0.6
(650K)
0.5
(525K)
1.6
(2.9M)
2.6
(3.9M)
2.5
(4.1M)
1.9
(3.0M)
3.3
(5.3M)

ABC's coverage (2000–2004)

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
2004 Tampa Bay LightningCalgary Flames 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2.6
2003 New Jersey DevilsMighty Ducks of Anaheim 3,[34] 4, 5, 6, 7 2.9
2002 Detroit Red WingsCarolina Hurricanes 3, 4, 5 3.6
2001 Colorado AvalancheNew Jersey Devils 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3.3
2000 New Jersey DevilsDallas Stars 3, 4, 5,[35] 6 3.7

Fox's coverage (1995–1999)

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
1999 Dallas StarsBuffalo Sabres 1, 2, 5 3.4
1998 Detroit Red WingsWashington Capitals 1 3.3
1997 Detroit Red WingsPhiladelphia Flyers 1 4.0
1996 Colorado AvalancheFlorida Panthers 1, 3 3.6
1995 New Jersey DevilsDetroit Red Wings 1, 4 3.4

Most watched games

Most watched Stanley Cup finals games (1966–present)

Source: [1]

  1. May 18, 1971, Montreal-Chicago – game seven, 12.41 million, 20.6 rating CBS
  2. May 11, 1972, Boston-NY Rangers – game six, 10.93 million, 17.6 rating CBS
  3. May 10, 1973, Montreal-Chicago – game six, 9.41 million, 15.2 rating NBC
  4. June 12, 2019, St. Louis-Boston - game seven, 8.72 million, 4.9 rating NBC
  5. June 15, 2011, Boston-Vancouver – game seven, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, 8 share NBC
  6. April 30, 1972, NY Rangers-Boston – game one, 8.51 million, 13.7 rating CBS
  7. May 12, 1974, Boston-Philadelphia – game three, 8.30 million, 12.5 rating NBC
  8. June 9, 2010, Chicago-Philadelphia – game six, 8.28 million, 4.7 rating, 6 share, NBC
  9. May 7, 1972, Boston-NY Rangers – game four, 8.26 million, 13.3 rating CBS
  10. June 24, 2013, Chicago-Boston — game six, 8.16 million, 4.7 rating, NBC
  11. June 15, 2015, Chicago-Tampa Bay – game six, 8 million, 4.4 rating, 8 share, NBC[36]

Stanley Cup game seven viewership history (1966–present)

As per Fang's Bites.

  1. May 18, 1971, Montreal-Chicago, 12.41 million, 20.6 rating CBS
  2. June 12, 2019, St. Louis-Boston, 8.72 million, 4.9 rating, NBC
  3. June 15, 2011, Boston-Vancouver, 8.54 million, 4.8 rating, NBC
  4. June 12, 2009, Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7.99 million, 4.3 rating, NBC
  5. June 9, 2003, Anaheim-New Jersey, 7.17 million, 4.9 million households, 4.6 rating, ABC
  6. June 9, 2001, New Jersey-Colorado, 6.95 million, 4.268 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC
  7. June 7, 2004, Calgary-Tampa Bay, 6.29 million, 4.5 million households, 4.2 rating, ABC
  8. June 14, 1994, NY Rangers-Vancouver, 5.44 million, 3.28 million households,[37] 5.2 rating (6.9 rating when including MSG network),[38] ESPN
  9. June 19, 2006, Edmonton-Carolina, 5.29 million, 3.3 rating, NBC
  10. May 31, 1987, Edmonton-Philadelphia, 2.14 million households, ESPN

Canadian television

See also

References

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External links

25th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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27th National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 27th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, home of the Chicago Black Hawks, on January 29, 1974. It was the second time that the All-Star Game was held in Chicago. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars 5–4. Garry Unger was named the game's most valuable player.

28th National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 28th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Montreal Forum in Montreal, home to the Montreal Canadiens, on January 21, 1975. The NHL expansion changed the format of the NHL All-Star game into a battle of conferences. The Wales Conference All-Star team easily won the initial contest, trouncing the Campbell Conference 7–1. Syl Apps Jr. was voted the game's most valuable player after scoring two goals.

29th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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1976. Wales Conference All-Star team defeated the Campbell Conference 7–5 after opening up a 6–1 lead in the second period.

Peter Mahovlich was voted most valuable player of the game after scoring

a goal and three assists.

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31st National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 31st National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Sabres, on January 24, 1978. Wales Conference All-Star team defeated the Campbell Conference for the fourth consecutive year. Gilbert Perreault scored with 1:05 left in sudden death overtime for the winning goal. The most valuable player award went to goaltender Billy Smith who stopped 16 shots in the first 30 minutes of the game.

33rd National Hockey League All-Star Game

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34th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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