The only people sadder to see the 2013 Stanley Cup Final end than the Boston Bruins and their fans were likely NBC executives. If this series had gone to Game 7, records might have been shattered. As it stands, ratings for a classic Game 6 were very, very good.
NBC drew a 5.6 overnight rating for Game 6, up 40 percent from last year's Los Angeles Kings clincher. From the numbers I have that go back through the years, Game 6 was the third-highest rated game of the current NBC era (2006-2013). Only Game 6 of the Blackhawks vs. Flyers series (5.8) and Game 7 of the Bruins vs. Canucks series (5.7) have had higher ratings in the last eight years.
Locally, numbers were typically colossal. NBC drew a 33.0 rating in Boston. That's pretty much even with the 33.3 for Game 6 in 2011. Game 7 drew a 30.2 in champion Chicago, down a bit from Game 6 in 2010 (32.8).
There'll be more later, as final national ratings will be released late Tuesday afternoon.