NBC continues to have success with their Stanley Cup Finals coverage, even though they likely would have preferred a closer contest between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks in Monday night's Game 6. The overnight ratings are in and, according to our Steve Lepore, the network drew a 3.9 overnight rating on the evening.
In comparing those numbers to previous Game 6's, it's well down from 2010's Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers -- that game drew a 5.8 rating. Keep in mind the incredible hockey game that was, however.
The Blackhawks had a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, and even held the lead late in the third period before Scott Hartnell tied the score to send it to overtime. In OT, Patrick Kane ended decades of frustration with an overtime goal that clinched the Cup for Chicago.
That's the kind of drama that keeps people glued to their televisions. Meanwhile, in Boston on Monday night, the Bruins scored four goals in the blink of an eye in the first period, and surely after that point many people turned the channel. Game 6 was over long before the second period even began.
According to Lepore, the 3.9 rating is even with Game 6 of the Detroit Red Wings-Pittsburgh Penguins series back in 2009, and it's up 44 percent from Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes, the last time a Canadian team was featured in the series.
The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for complete coverage of Game 6. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.