The last game of the Stanley Cup Final was the first to have an increase in overnights.
Game 6 of the Devils/Kings Stanley Cup Final drew a 4.0 overnight rating on NBC Monday night, up a tick from Canucks/Bruins Game 6 last year (3.9), but down 31% from Blackhawks/Flyers Game 6 on a Wednesday night in 2010 (5.8).
The 4.0 is easily the highest of the Kings/Devils series. In addition, this marks the first time in the series that any game has had an increase in overnights compared to last year.
Game 6 drew a 13.6 rating in Los Angeles, which according to Puck the Media is the highest on record in the market. The 13.6 marks a 55% increase over Saturday’s Game 5 (8.8), and an 86% increase from Devils/Mighty Ducks Game 6 in 2003 (7.3), the last time an L.A. team played in a Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Of note, the 13.6 in Los Angeles equals 757,000 television homes. By comparison, Game 6 of Bruins/Canucks last year drew 819,000 homes (33.3 rating) in Boston, and the Bruins’ series-clinching Game 7 win drew 1.068 million homes (43.4 rating).
The game drew a 5.0 rating in New York, up 4% from Game 5 (4.8), but down 14% from Devils/Mighty Ducks Game 6 in ’03 (5.6), which was also the last Game 6 to involve a New York team. The 5.0 rating is the second-highest of the series in New York.
(Monday’s overnight and local L.A./N.Y. numbers from Puck the Media)