Stanley Cup Final Posts Best Overnight Rating for Non-OT Game 5 Since 2002
Sunday night’s Stanley Cup Final on NBC logged the best overnight rating for a non-overtime Game 5 in eight years. The game generated a 4.0 overnight rating/7 share, the best for a non-OT Game 5 since 2002 (4.5 on ABC, Carolina/Detroit). Chicago defeated Philadelphia 7-4, the largest winning margin of the series.
The 4.0 rating was up 54% over last year’s 2.6 for Game 5 between the then-defending champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby. In 2008, Detroit and Pittsburgh played a three-overtime Game 5, which generated a 4.3 overnight rating.
Sunday’s game peaked at a 4.7/7 in the 9:30-10 p.m. ET half-hour. Chicago led all markets with a 26.0/41, followed by Philadelphia a 19.7/28. It was the highest rating for each market so far.