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Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Clincher Up 40% From '12 Finale; NBC Expects Primetime Win

NBC earned a 5.6 overnight rating for the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Bruins in Game 6 of the Final, up 40% from a 4.0 rating for the series-clinching Kings-Devils Game 6 last year and up 44% from a 3.9 overnight for Bruins-Canucks Game 6 in ’11 (both aired on a Monday night). Last night's telecast is expected to deliver NBC a win in primetime, with Game 6 expected to be the highest-rated program of the evening. The net had competition from the premiere episode of CBS' "Under the Dome." Game 6 earned a 30.2 local rating in Chicago and a 33.0 rating in Boston (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor). USA TODAY's Reid Cherner writes, "When you get two of the Original Six in the Stanley Cup Final, you can only hope the series is competitive." The Bruins and Blackhawks "have complied; fans and the network have been rewarded" (USA TODAY, 6/25).

STANLEY CUP-CLINCHING GAME OVERNIGHT RATINGS TREND
YEAR
NET
MATCHUP
GAME
OVERNIGHT
'13
NBC
Blackhawks-Bruins
6
5.6
'12
NBC
Kings-Devils
6
4.0
'11
NBC
Bruins-Canucks
7
5.7
'10
NBC
Blackhawks-Flyers
6
5.8
'09
NBC
Penguins-Red Wings
7
5.0
'08
NBC
Red Wings-Penguins
6
4.4
'07
NBC
Ducks-Senators
5
2.5
'06
NBC
Hurricanes-Oilers
7
4.1
'05
NO NHL SEASON
'04
ABC
Lightning-Flames
7
5.4
'03
ABC
Devils-Mighty Ducks
7
5.7
'02
ABC
Red Wings-Hurricanes
5
4.5
'01
ABC
Avalanche-Devils
7
5.6
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