Hockey's Stanley Cup final solid for NBC

With repeats and hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals as its primary competition Wednesday, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” had no problem emerging as the night’s top young-adult draw.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up 7% in the demo and 14% in total viewers vs. its Wednesday opener of last year. It won its time period by 3 shares in adults 18-49 and by 5 share in persons 12-34.

NBC’s coverage of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins averaged a second-place 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall, with these numbers subject to revision due to time zone differences. This is a pretty good start, especially considering that one of the teams hails from Canada.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, Game 1 earned a 3.2 household rating/6 share, up 14% from last year’s opener (2.8/6 for Philadelphia-Chicago) and the best since Buffalo and Dallas combined for a 3.7 overnight rating in 1999 on Fox. Boston was the top-rated market on the night with a 25.5/39, the highest-rated NHL game in Boston dating back to at least 1995, and topping the Boston rating for last year’s NBA Finals Game 1 featuring the Celtics-Lakers on ABC (19.1/34).

Game 2 airs Saturday night on NBC, with action then shifting to sister cabler Versus for Games 3 and 4 next week.

ABC hung in there with repeats of its comedies, starting with “The Middle” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall at 8:30) and peaking with “Modern Family” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. and 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall at 9:30). Closing out the night were “Cougar Town” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and “Happy Endings” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

CBS, second on the night in total viewers, wasn’t much of a demo force with its lineup of special repeat comedies “Mike & Molly” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), followed by encores of “Criminal Minds” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Blue Bloods” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall). For at least the first part of summer, “Blue Bloods” will be airing at 10 p.m. on both Wednesdays and Fridays.

Univision ranked third on the night in 18-49, led by “Teresa” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/9; NBC, 1.8/5; ABC, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CBS, 1.3/4; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 8.4 million; CBS, 6.2 million; ABC, 5.1 million; NBC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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