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Watching Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

via NBC Sports press release,

GAME 1 OVERNIGHT RATING UP 7% VS. 2017; VEGAS AND WASHINGTON SET LOCAL MARKET RECORDS

  • Last night’s Game 1 of the Washington-Vegas Stanley Cup Final on NBC delivered a 3.72 overnight rating, the bestovernight for a Game 1 in three years, since 2015 with Chicago-Tampa Bay (4.23).
  • Game 1’s overnight rating (3.72) was up vs. both last year’s Game 1 with Nashville-Pittsburgh (+7%; 3.49) and 2016’s SCF Game 1 with San Jose-Pittsburgh (+36%; 2.73).
  • Las Vegas’ 28.1 local rating stands as the highest rating for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, surpassing this year’s deciding Game 5 of the Western Conference Final vs. Winnipeg on NBC (17.9).
  • With a 16.0 local rating in Washington D.C., Game 1 was the highest-rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping this year’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay on NBCSN (12.6).

TOP 10 MARKETS FOR MONDAY’S STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 ON NBC

1 Las Vegas 28.08
2 Wash, D.C. 16.02
3 Pittsburgh 10.31
4 Baltimore 9.07
5 Buffalo 8.84
6 Richmond 6.92
7 Minn.-St. Paul 6.58
8 St. Louis 5.22
9 Denver 5.11
10 Ft. Myers 4.71
 

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Red Winger's avatar

Hmmm, I thought the interest in the Cinderella story that is Vegas would drive higher national ratings, kind of surprised Chicago-T Bay were higher.

Good numbers for both local markets, but nationally a bit of a disappointment, IMO.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/29/18 at 02:19 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

...and Detroit doesn’t even make the top-10.

Can we PLEASE stop calling Detroit a hockeytown now?

It isn’t.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/29/18 at 02:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Complete release,

STAMFORD, Conn.
– May 29, 2018 – Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final last night between the Washington Capitals and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 5.279 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched Game 1 in three years, with viewership up 7% vs. last year. The game also set local ratings records in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Overall, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs remain the most-watched in 21 years.

The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals, 6-4, in the series opener last night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The exciting Game 1 set the record for the most lead changes ever in a Stanley Cup Final game.

The TAD of 5.279 million viewers was the highest for a Game 1 since 2015 (Chicago-Tampa, 5.586 million); was the third-best since NBC Sports began broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 (2015 and 2013, Boston-Chicago, 6.315 million); was up 7% vs. last year’s Game 1 (Nashville-Pittsburgh, 4.925 million) and up 28% vs. Game 1 in 2016 (San Jose-Pittsburgh, 4.132 million). TV-only viewership of Game 1 peaked at nearly six million viewers (5.906 million).

Across NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, last night’s game totaled 321,000 uniques (+67%), 16.1 million live minutes (+18%), and an Average Minute Audience of 83,700 (+18%), all up from last year’s Nashville-Pittsburgh Game 1. It is the most streamed NHL game ever in uniques.

Locally, Las Vegas delivered a 28.1 rating, which stands as the highest rating for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, surpassing this year’s deciding Game 5 of the Western Conference Final vs. Winnipeg on NBC (17.9).

With a 16.0 local rating in Washington, D.C., Game 1 was the highest-rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping this year’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay on NBCSN (12.6).

Following are the ratings for the Top 10 markets for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 on NBC:

1 Las Vegas 28.08
2 Washington, D.C. 16.02
3 Pittsburgh 10.31
4 Baltimore 9.07
5 Buffalo 8.84
6 Richmond 6.92
7 Minneapolis 6.58
8 St. Louis 5.22
9 Denver 5.11
10 Ft. Myers 4.71
In addition, numerous markets had their highest local rating ever for a Game 1 on NBC in which their team was not playing: Buffalo, Chicago (4.02), Dallas (2.45), Los Angeles (3.23), Minneapolis, Nashville (4.11), Pittsburgh, Salt Lake (3.30), St. Louis, and Tampa (4.02). Non-NHL markets that also set Game 1 records for NBC broadcasts were Baltimore, Norfolk (2.99), and Richmond.

Across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date have averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.263 million viewers (79 games), which stands as the best performance through the same point in the playoffs since 1997 on ESPN, ESPN2 and FOX (1.335 million viewers). Compared to 2017, the Total Audience Delivery is up +8% (TAD of 1.175 million).

On NBC Sports digital platforms, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date (79 games) have totaled 3.2 million unique devices and 521 million live minutes, up +83% and +17%, respectively, vs. 2017 through the same time period (79 games). The Average Minute Audience for the entire playoffs to date is 38,100 viewers, up 38% vs. 2017 (27,600). All above digital metrics are records.

Game 2 between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will air Wednesday at 8 pm ET on NBCSN, with pre-game coverage set to begin at 6 pm ET.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/29/18 at 03:50 PM ET

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I always find the high ratings in Buffalo fascinating.  They’d be off the charts if the Sabres ever made the final again. 

I’d be interested in seeing how many people in the Detroit market watch via CBC vs NBC and their networks.  I watch CBC when available.

Posted by Steve1306 on 05/29/18 at 04:06 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

It’s NBC ratings. Does it take CBC into account in the Detroit area? I always watch CBC to avoid NBC always kissing up to Cindy. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 05/29/18 at 05:09 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Interesting. This also doesn’t show the number of people streaming… Not so legally… Online. Not as big a deal when games are on NBC but quite a few people have been known to stream games on nbcsn.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/29/18 at 10:42 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

He he.. Fort Myers on the 10 list… I hope my wife doesn’t see this.. She’s complaining I’m watching too much hockey already.  gulp

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 05/30/18 at 03:10 AM ET

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Valid point regarding watching GBC in Detroit. I do it all the time.

Posted by wings8 on 05/30/18 at 01:05 PM ET

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