Ratings: Bruins-Blackhawks Triple-OT Face-Off Is Most Watched Stanley Cup Game 1 in 16 Years

Ratings Blackhawks Bruins Game 1NBC’s broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ triple-overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night averaged 6.4 million total viewers across its five-hour run, making it the most watched Stanley Cup Game 1 match-up in 16 years, falling just 9,000 viewers shy of the all-time record-holding Detroit-Philadelphia face-off of 1997.

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Versus last year’s Los Angeles-New Jersey Game 1, the broadcast was up 119 percent in total audience and up 177 percent in the household rating, scoring a 3.9.

Viewership for the prolonged contest peaked during the first OT period, which started at 11:15 pm and drew 7.44 million viewers.

All told, Game 1 emerged as the No. 1 program of the day across both broadcast and cable in the 18-49 (tied with a 2.5), Men 18-49 and Men 25-54 demos.

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21 Comments
  1. rebecca says:

    grrrr. that was rough last night. stayed up for all 3 OT’s only to see my boys lose. Let’s go BRUINS!!

  2. K says:

    Awesome news! Hockey is the best. Go Bruins!

  3. Midori says:

    Bruins aren’t going to win it.

    (I’m from Mass so stick with me.)

    Everytime almost everyone says that a team will win they do horrible. The Penguins last round, the Giants and Pats every time they play. Last year the Red Sox were supposed to win 100 games and the World Series, last 90+ games and had the worst season in 50 years.

    So the Bruins are pretty screwed.

  4. Chablis says:

    Yeah sure your logic makes no sense. What about the Bruins in 2011?

    Go Tuka

    • Midori says:

      The Bruins were the underdog in 2011 because they haven’t won in 40 years.

      So they won.

      Chicago this year is a HUGE underdog, so they will win.

      You really don’t understand how Boston sports history works do you?

      • canadian ninja says:

        On what planet are the Hawks a “HUGE” underdog?
        hint-it ain’t earth
        True-the deeper you go in the playoffs the more cheapshots and scumbaggery is ignored by the refs so yeah the Bruins have that edge.

        • Midori says:

          Read any editorials online, EVERY ONE OF THEM, said the Bruins in 6-7. Not a single one think the Hawks will win, that’s out of the 10-12 I have read, and all of them were national and not from Boston.

          • Fran says:

            There is a difference between not being favored to win and being considered an underdog.

          • Midori says:

            There is always an underdog, and that would have been the Hawks, who won.

            So a big “TOLD YOU SO!” to everyone here.

      • Abby says:

        Chicago had a better season, sorry. Not the underdog. Boston is just slightly hotter right now, but the ratings are partially telling you how good a contest this one is. People are into it. Of course, the ratings have a lot to do with the Cup Final taking place later in the year, too, thanks to the shortened season. Bit of a difference a near-summer final makes, now that most shows are finished for the summer.

  5. Nessie says:

    That was great last night, was on the edge of my seat! I guess it helps the Hawks took it in the end, whoopwhoop.

  6. Bre says:

    Wow hockey news on tvline! I still think it’s going to be a tough for Chicago but I’m rooting for them!!

  7. Dan Sorenson says:

    We’re those ratings counting online streaming, cuz I totally was, and did I hear correctly that the next game will be on NBCSports? If so, why, what would NBC have to air on its flagship network that could possibly take priority?

  8. Katie says:

    GO HAWKS GO!!!! :)

  9. Chablis says:

    Midori Vegas odds have the Hawks.

  10. Jack says:

    Let’s go Hawks!

  11. Katherine215 says:

    So excited to see hockey news on TVLine! Two of my favorite things crossing paths. Huge Hawks fan here, and everyone is underestimating this team. Let’s go Hawks!!

  12. Magali says:

    As a die-hard Montreal Canadians fan all I have to say is: GO HAWKS GO! (Bruins suck)
    ;-)

  13. lauren says:

    yea hockey!!