The deciding game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals on NBC Wednesday night was the most-watched NHL telecast in 36 years, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data. Game 6 of the Chicago Blackhawks-Philadelphia Flyers series drew 8.28 million total viewers on June 9, marking the biggest audience for a pro hockey contest since Game 3 of the 1974 Finals (8.29 million).
Chicago hoisted the hardware for the first time since 1961, defeating the Flyers 4-3 on Patrick Kane’s blink-and-you-missed-it overtime goal.
Not surprisingly, viewership was highest in the two home markets. The Chicago DMA drew a 32.8/50 rating, while Philly notched a 26.8/38.
All told, NBC broadcast four of the series’ six games, averaging 6.1 million viewers. That figure represents the best broadcast delivery for the NHL Finals in 13 years.
Versus carried Games 3 and 4, averaging 3.35 million viewers. As was the case with last night’s clincher, Game 3 was decided in OT.