Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night gave NBC a year-over-year spike, as the Penguins victory drew an average Total Audience Delivery of 5.038 million viewers, up 22% over last year’s Game 1. That marks the third-most watched Game 1 since NBC Sports began televising the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. The full contest posted a 2.85 Nielsen household rating, and averaged 4.967 million TV-only viewers, both up 25% and 22%, respectively, vs. Game 1 a year ago. Digitally, Game 1 delivered the second-most live minutes ever for a Stanley Cup Final game with 13.7 million, up 58% vs. Game 1 last year (8.667 million).
In other viewership news on the channel, the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, which ran on NBC, averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.530 million viewers, up 14% over last year’s race and marking the most-watched live F1 race on record.