Overnights are in for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks and they are good.
They are the best ratings since 1999 when Dallas and Buffalo squared off on Fox.
Take a look.
BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 OVERNIGHT IN 11 YEARS
NBC Wins Night
Game 1 Up 12% Over Last Year
NEW YORK – May 30, 2010 — Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).
The game — broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend — also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.
The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).
Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.
Very good ratings for the NHL. I’m sure we’ll hear more when the final ratings are released.
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