Game 7, which finished on a score of 4-1 to the team from St. Louis, handing them their first Stanley Cup in their 52-year history, scored a 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic on Wednesday night and was watched by 8.2 million total viewers. That’s up 24% on the rating for Game 6 (1.9) and up 25.6% on the penultimate game’s total viewership (6.1 million).
The game also scored a 6.20 rating in the overnight metered-market results, the highest overnight rating for an NHL game in the record books, which date back to 1994.
St. Louis’s victory led NBC to a comfortable position on top in the ratings charts for Wednesday with a 2.5 average rating (the game aired for three hours straight), compared to a 0.8 for ABC, a 0.6 for Fox and a 0.5 for CBS.
ABC’s “Card Sharks” revival premiered last night to a 0.9 rating and 4.4 million total viewers, almost matching its “Press Your Luck” lead-in which also had a 0.9 rating, but a slightly higher viewership at 4.9 million.
Discounting the Stanley Cup game, “Press Your Luck” won the 8 p.m. battle over CBS’ “Amazing Race” (0.8 and 4.6 million viewers) and Fox’s “Masterchef” (0.7 and 2.8 million).