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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

from Bill Shea of The Athletic,

The numbers are in, and this is how it ends for the duo of NBC and hockey.

The network, which surrenders its National Hockey League broadcast rights to ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports next season, said Friday that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 Stanley Cup Final clincher over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday averaged 3.62 million U.S. viewers. That’s both TV and streaming.

The entire five-game series, which was mostly one-sided as Tampa Bay defended its title, averaged 2.52 million, the network said....

Still, with all that’s happened with live sports and the television industry over the past year-plus, NBC and the NHL got decent numbers for the finale of their business partnership....

It’s important to note that the league gets eyeballs and dollars north of the border, too (or south of it, if you live in downtown Detroit!).

This year’s series was the first Stanley Cup Final to include a Canadian team since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. And not surprisingly, Canadians tuned in to see the Habs in their first appearance in the Final since winning an NHL-record 24th championship in 1993.

The English-language Canadian broadcast on Sportsnet/CBC averaged 4.1 million for Game 5 and 3.6 million for the series.

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