2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Ratings Roundup

Here are US ratings for all but two games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. NHL Network is not rated by Nielsen, so numbers are not available for Avalanche-Wild Game 3 or Lightning-Canadiens Game 4.

There are a number of oddities on this list. At 4.1 million viewers, the finish of the Western Conference Final between the Kings and Blackhawks, airing on NBCSN on a Sunday night, beat both of NBCSN’s Stanley Cup Final games, and wasn’t beaten by Game 1 of the Final by very much (with Game 2’s ratings inflated by having the Belmont Stakes as a lead-in). That was the only non-Final game with more than 2.8 million viewers, broadcast or cable, and only two non-Final games on NBC beat NBCSN’s next-best non-Final game. NBCSN also had the most-watched non-Final game, broadcast or cable, not to involve the Blackhawks: Canadiens-Bruins Game 7. Is this a good sign for NBCSN, or a bad sign for the NHL?

CNBC had the nine least-watched games not on NHL Network, but thanks to inheriting the Blackhawks-Wild second-round series had three games with over a million viewers. Other than those three games, no other CNBC game had over half a million viewers.

Household ratings for games on NBCSN and CNBC through May 11 from Son of the Bronx, from May 12 and later and all NBC numbers from SportsBusiness Daily and Sports Media Watch. 18-49 numbers, when available, from TVbytheNumbers and The Futon Critic.

Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

Stanley Cup Final:
Rangers @ Kings, Game 2

6.413

3.7

2.1

6/7 7:15 PM

NBC

2

Stanley Cup Final:
Rangers @ Kings, Game 5

6.021

3.7

2.3

6/13 8:00 PM

NBC

3

Stanley Cup Final:
Rangers @ Kings, Game 1

4.777

3.0

1.9

6/4 8:00 PM

NBC

4

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 7

4.137

2.3

1.5

6/1 8:00 PM

NBCSN

5

Stanley Cup Final:
Kings @ Rangers, Game 4

3.383

2.0

1.3

6/11 8:00 PM

NBCSN

6

Stanley Cup Final:
Kings @ Rangers, Game 3

2.893

1.7

1.2

6/9 8:00 PM

NBCSN

7

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blackhawks @ Blues, Game 6

2.778

1.7

4/27 3:00 PM

NBC

8

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Blackhawks @ Kings, Game 3

2.431

1.4

0.8

5/24 8:00 PM

NBC

9

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Blackhawks @ Kings, Game 6

2.278

1.3

0.8

5/30 9:00 PM

NBCSN

10

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Canadiens @ Bruins, Game 7

2.276

1.0

5/14 7:00 PM

NBCSN

11

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 1

2.191

1.4

5/18 3:00 PM

NBC

12

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 5

2.175

1.3

0.8

5/28 8:00 PM

NBCSN

13

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Wild @ Blackhawks, Game 2

2.167

1.4

5/4 3:00 PM

NBC

14

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Canadiens @ Rangers, Game 6

2.123

1.3

0.8

5/29 8:00 PM

NBCSN

15

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Bruins @ Red Wings, Game 5

2.098

1.3

4/26 3:00 PM

NBC

16

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Rangers @ Penguins, Game 7

1.96

0.7

5/13 7:00 PM

NBCSN

17

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Red Wings @ Bruins, Game 2

1.959

1.5

4/20 3:00 PM

NBC

18

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Wild @ Blackhawks, Game 1

1.951

1.1

0.8

5/2 10:00 PM

NBCSN

19

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Canadiens @ Bruins, Game 1

1.925

1.1

0.9

5/1 7:30 PM

NBCSN

20

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Rangers @ Penguins, Game 2

1.865

1.1

0.7

5/4 7:30 PM

NBCSN

21

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Flyers @ Rangers, Game 2

1.858

1.2

4/20 12:00 PM

NBC

22

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blackhawks @ Blues, Game 2

1.855

1.2

4/19 3:00 PM

NBC

23

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Canadiens @ Bruins, Game 2

1.845

1.1

5/3 12:30 PM

NBC

24

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Blackhawks @ Wild, Game 6

1.815

0.8

5/13 9:00 PM

CNBC

25

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Rangers @ Flyers, Game 5

1.787

1.2

4/27 12:00 PM

NBC

26

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Penguins @ Rangers, Game 6

1.784

1.1

0.7

5/11 7:00 PM

NBCSN

27

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Blackhawks @ Wild, Game 4

1.74

1.1

0.7

5/9 9:30 PM

NBCSN

28

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Wild @ Blackhawks, Game 5

1.714

0.9

0.7

5/11 9:00 PM

CNBC

29

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Blackhawks @ Kings, Game 4

1.702

0.7

5/26 9:00 PM

NBCSN

30

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Rangers @ Canadiens, Game 5

1.693

0.6

5/27 8:00 PM

NBCSN

31

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Canadiens @ Rangers, Game 3

1.638

1.1

0.6

5/22 8:00 PM

NBCSN

32

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Canadiens @ Bruins, Game 5

1.637

0.9

0.7

5/10 7:00 PM

NBCSN

33

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Bruins @ Canadiens, Game 6

1.607

0.7

5/12 7:30 PM

NBCSN

34

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Canadiens @ Rangers, Game 4

1.598

1.0

0.5

5/25 8:00 PM

NBCSN

35

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Rangers @ Penguins, Game 1

1.52

0.9

0.6

5/2 7:00 PM

NBCSN

36

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Bruins @ Canadiens, Game 4

1.515

0.8

0.6

5/8 7:30 PM

NBCSN

37

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Bruins @ Canadiens, Game 3

1.497

0.8

0.7

5/6 7:00 PM

NBCSN

38

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Rangers @ Canadiens, Game 2

1.479

1.0

0.6

5/19 8:00 PM

NBCSN

39

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Penguins @ Rangers, Game 3

1.464

0.9

0.6

5/5 7:30 PM

NBCSN

40

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 2

1.438

0.5

5/21 8:00 PM

NBCSN

41

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Blackhawks @ Wild, Game 3

1.428

0.9

0.6

5/6 9:00 PM

CNBC

42

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Rangers @ Canadiens, Game 1

1.426

0.9

5/17 1:00 PM

NBC

43

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Penguins @ Rangers, Game 4

1.388

0.9

0.5

5/7 7:30 PM

NBCSN

44

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Rangers @ Penguins, Game 5

1.239

0.7

0.4

5/9 7:00 PM

NBCSN

45

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Flyers @ Rangers, Game 7

1.12

0.7

0.5

4/30 7:00 PM

NBCSN

46

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Bruins @ Red Wings, Game 4

1.056

0.6

0.4

4/24 8:00 PM

NBCSN

47

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Ducks @ Kings, Game 6

1.036

0.5

5/14 9:30 PM

NBCSN

48

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Kings @ Ducks, Game 7

0.903

0.4

5/16 9:00 PM

NBCSN

49

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Kings @ Ducks, Game 2

0.87

0.6

0.4

5/5 10:00 PM

NBCSN

50

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blue Jackets @ Penguins, Game 2

0.85

0.5

0.3

4/19 7:00 PM

NBCSN

51

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Kings @ Ducks, Game 1

0.797

0.5

0.3

5/3 8:00 PM

NBCSN

52

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Red Wings @ Bruins, Game 1

0.762

0.5

0.3

4/18 7:30 PM

NBCSN

53

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blues @ Blackhawks, Game 4

0.723

0.4

0.4

4/23 10:00 PM

NBCSN

54

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Kings @ Ducks, Game 5

0.721

0.3

5/12 10:00 PM

NBCSN

55

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Ducks @ Kings, Game 4

0.715

0.4

0.3

5/10 9:30 PM

NBCSN

56

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Lightning @ Canadiens, Game 3

0.698

0.4

4/20 7:00 PM

NBCSN

57

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blackhawks @ Blues, Game 1

0.697

0.4

0.3

4/17 8:00 PM

NBCSN

58

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blue Jackets @ Penguins, Game 5

0.685

0.4

0.3

4/26 7:00 PM

NBCSN

59

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Finals:
Ducks @ Kings, Game 3

0.67

0.4

0.3

5/8 10:30 PM

NBCSN

60

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blackhawks @ Blues, Game 5

0.662

0.4

0.3

4/25 8:00 PM

NBCSN

60

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Rangers @ Flyers, Game 6

0.662

0.4

0.3

4/29 7:30 PM

NBCSN

62

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Bruins @ Red Wings, Game 3

0.647

0.4

4/22 7:30 PM

NBCSN

63

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blue Jackets @ Penguins, Game 3

0.618

0.4

0.3

4/21 7:00 PM

NBCSN

64

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blue Jackets @ Penguins, Game 1

0.584

0.4

0.3

4/16 7:30 PM

NBCSN

65

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Ducks @ Stars, Game 6

0.575

0.4

4/27 8:00 PM

NBCSN

66

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Wild @ Avalanche, Game 2

0.565

0.4

0.2

4/19 10:30 PM

NBCSN

67

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Penguins @ Blue Jackets, Game 4

0.56

0.4

0.2

4/23 7:00 PM

NBCSN

68

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Penguins @ Blue Jackets, Game 6

0.544

0.3

0.2

4/28 7:00 PM

NBCSN

69

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Kings @ Sharks, Game 7

0.528

0.3

0.2

4/30 9:30 PM

NBCSN

70

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Stars @ Ducks, Game 2

0.498

0.3

0.2

4/18 10:00 PM

NBCSN

71

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Kings @ Sharks, Game 2

0.475

0.3

4/20 10:05 PM

NBCSN

71

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Wild @ Avalanche, Game 7

0.475

0.3

4/30 9:37 PM

CNBC

73

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Ducks @ Stars, Game 3

0.471

0.3

0.2

4/21 9:30 PM

NBCSN

74

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Stars @ Ducks, Game 5

0.47

0.3

4/25 11:00 PM

NBCSN

75

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Canadiens @ Lightning, Game 1

0.45

0.2

0.3

4/16 7:00 PM

CNBC

76

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Wild @ Avalanche, Game 5

0.444

0.3

0.2

4/26 9:30 PM

NBCSN

77

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Blues @ Blackhawks, Game 3

0.408

0.3

4/21 8:31 PM

CNBC

78

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Sharks @ Kings, Game 3

0.404

0.3

4/22 10:00 PM

NBCSN

79

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Sharks @ Kings, Game 6

0.399

0.2

4/28 9:30 PM

NBCSN

80

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Stars @ Ducks, Game 1

0.39

0.3

4/16 10:15 PM

NBCSN

81

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Sharks @ Kings, Game 4

0.351

0.2

4/24 11:00 PM

NBCSN

82

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Rangers @ Flyers, Game 4

0.299

0.2

4/25 7:00 PM

CNBC

83

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Flyers @ Rangers, Game 1

0.284

0.2

4/17 7:00 PM

CNBC

84

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Rangers @ Flyers, Game 3

0.28

0.2

4/22 8:00 PM

CNBC

85

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Ducks @ Stars, Game 4

0.277

0.2

4/23 8:00 PM

CNBC

86

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Avalanche @ Wild, Game 6

0.269

0.2

4/28 9:00 PM

CNBC

87

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Canadiens @ Lightning, Game 2

0.242

0.2

4/18 7:00 PM

CNBC

88

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Avalanche @ Wild, Game 4

0.213

0.1

4/24 9:32 PM

CNBC

89

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Wild @ Avalanche, Game 1

0.178

0.1

4/17 9:30 PM

CNBC

90

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Semis:
Kings @ Sharks, Game 5

0.163

0.1

4/26 10:00 PM

CNBC

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