Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which featured an almost-incredible finish, was watched by an average of 4.4 percent of homes in major markets Wednesday, the best overnight rating for Game 6 of a Finals since 2000 and double the last Game 6 in 2006.
From 10:30 to 11 p.m., 5.3 percent of homes with TVs were watching, nine percent of those with TVs in use.
"Two great teams, at the top of their game, generated significant interest," NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer said in a news release. "Hopefully this provides a launching point for future growth. We can't wait for our season to begin, somewhere outdoors, next season."
Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh and Detroit led all markets with 37.4 and 30.6 percent of homes, followed as usual by Buffalo with 10.9. (And remember, people in Detroit and Buffalo are able to watch CBC as well.)
The rest of the top 10 (rating/share):
4. Denver, 6.6/11
5. St. Louis, 5.7/9
6. Richmond, 5.6/9 (Richmond???)
T7. Philadelphia, 5.5/9
T7. Columbus, 5.5/9
T9. Minneapolis, 5.1/10
T9. Fort Myers, 5.1/10
New York's rating and rank were 3.4 and 23rd, putting us solidly in the top half of major markets. Yay!