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Hockey Thriller Wins Wednesday for NBC

Fox's 'MasterChef' down, CBS' 'American Baking Competition' and ABC's 'The Lookout' steady

NBC edged out Fox as the demo leader on Wednesday with the overtime game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins in hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals. Elsewhere, Fox’s “MasterChef” remained the top entertainment series among young adults while CBS’ “American Baking Competition” matched or set highs in various categories.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC — in which the Blackhawks prevailed 6-5 — averaged a 2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 p.m., with those numbers expected to edge up in the nationals. The Peacock won the night in total viewers as well, slightly ahead of CBS.

The best-of-seven series, now tied at two games apiece, should produce even stronger ratings for NBC on Saturday and next Monday.

Elsewhere, Fox’s “MasterChef” averaged a 2.0/7 in 18-49 and 5.0 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 2.2/7 in 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall at 9, with its two-hour average in the demo (2.1/7) down in rating from last week’s 2.3/7.

At CBS, “The American Baking Competition” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) matched its series high in adults 18-49 set last week while hitting a new high in total viewers. It was followed by encores of “Criminal Minds” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall).

ABC was in line with last week’s numbers for its lineup of a repeat “The Middle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), a new “Family Tools” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), an encore “Modern Family” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), the penultimate original episode of “How to Live With Your Parents” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) and newcomer “The Lookout” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.2/7; Fox, 2.1/7; Univision, 1.5/5; CBS, 1.1/4; ABC, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.8/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.2 million; CBS, 6.0 million; Fox, 5.3 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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