USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Final TV Ratings: Game 1 draws best overnight in 16 years

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is the highest rated Game 1 since 1997.

  • Live
3 Total Updates since June 13, 2013
  • Important 2
  • Updates 1
  • Articles 2
  • All Updates 3

Game 1 local ratings

The NHL's biggest problem when it comes to drawing big TV ratings, I've long maintained, is that fans in hockey markets don't watch when their teams are eliminated. NBA Finals ratings in non-participating basketball markets are always way higher than Stanley Cup Final ratings in non-participating hockey markets. But things are starting to improve in some places, and Game 1 had some buzz. Plus, some markets were helped by recent glory.

Take, for example, Los Angeles. In 2011, the year before the team won the Stanley Cup, Game 1 between Boston and Vancouver drew a 1.3 rating Well, in 2013, in the primetime hours (8-11 p.m. ET) Game 1 drew a 2.2. LA was actually one of the lower-rated NHL markets, which is good for the NHL.

What follows is, via a source, the local ratings for each of the NHL's 20 American markets (obviously, the three New York and two LA teams share) and the Top 10 non-NHL markets for Game 1 in primetime. Just as a clarification, these numbers are only from 8-11 p.m. ET and do not include overtime.

NHL market ratings for Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final


1. Boston - 29.0
2. Chicago - 24.2
3. Buffalo - 7.7
4. Detroit - 5.4
t5. Pittsburgh - 5.0
t5. Minneapolis/St. Paul -
5.0
7. Columbus -
4.7
t8. Tampa/St. Petersburg -
4.0
t8. Phoenix -
4.0
10. Raleigh/Durham - 3.4
t11. New York - 3.3
t11. Denver -
3.3
13. Washington - 3.0
14. Philadelphia - 2.8
t15. Nashville - 2.4
t15. St. Louis - 2.4
17. Los Angeles -
2.2
18. Dallas/Ft. Worth - 1.7
19. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale -
1.6
20. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose - 1.0

Top non-NHL markets for Game 1

1. Providence/New Bedford - 18.8
2. Milwaukee - 6.9
3. Harford/New Haven - 5.8
4. Ft. Myers/Naples - 5.4
5. Oklahoma City - 4.5
6. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce - 4.0
7. Indianapolis - 4.0
8. Las Vegas - 3.9
9. Richmond - 3.5
10. Knoxville - 3.3

Continue

Bruins-Hawks draws best overnight in 16 years

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the highest rated Game 1 since 1997.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.