Ratings: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Down Vs. 2013, Motive Hits Highs

Stanley Cup Ratings

NBC’s broadcast of the Stanley Cup Finals‘ Game 1 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers couldn’t measure up to last year’s triple-OT opening face-off between the Blackhawks and Bruins.

Drawing 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (per fast nationals that are certainly subject to change), the Kings’ single-OT win was down 30 percent from the prelim numbers for last year’s match-up (aka the most watched Game 1 in 16 years). But compared to 2012’s low-rated Kings-Devils opener (2.7 mil/1.0), the numbers were up sharply, and the game edged out So You Think You Can Dance for the nightly demo win.

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Elsewhere:

* Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (5 mil/1.5) ticked down just a tenth from its season opener.

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* On The CW, The 100‘s penultimate Season 1 episode (1.6 mil/0.6) was flat.

* ABC’s Motive (5.1 mil/1.0) rose 24 percent and a tenth to season highs.