Stanley Cup opens with 4.8 million viewers

Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings averaged 4.777 million viewers, which makes it NBC’s second-most watched Stanley Cup Final Game 1 ever and the second-most watched Game 1 overall since 1999, according to Nielsen. The game drew a 3.0 household rating, off-pace from last year’s thriller, but up 65% over 2012. The only Game 1 on NBC to surpass last night’s viewership was last year’s triple-overtime thriller between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, which averaged 6.358 million. Anyway, New York delivered its best NHL rating ever on NBC/NBCSN with a 10.1 metered market rating, while LA saw a 7.1 metered market rating, ranking as L.A.’s third-best ever on NBC.

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