Blues Stanley Cup Final victory was most-watched game in recorded NHL history

Game 7 is believed to be the most-watched NHL game in at least 45 years

June 13, 2019 - 6:08 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Despite a blowout, 4-1 victory by the St. Louis Blues, Game 7 averaged a TAD of 8.914 million viewers across NBC, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched NHL game on record. The Nielsen ratings go back as far as 1994, but it believed to be the most-watched NHL game in 45-plus years. 

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Altogether, this year's Stanley Cup Final – the first Cup won by the Blues in franchise history – was the most-watched Final in four years. Game 7 by itself averaged nearly 9 million viewers, but that does not include the numerous large-scale viewership parties in both cities, with some reporting attendance at those events in excess of 40,000. 

St. Louis continued to deliver huge viewing numbers. The 41.8 local rating was NBC Sports’ highest-rated Blues game ever in the market, topping Game 6 by 27% (33.0). It is also NBC Sports’ third-highest rated local market rating for an NHL game ever, behind Boston’s 43.4 for Game 7 vs. Vancouver in 2011 and Pittsburgh’s 42.2 for Game 7 vs. Detroit in 2009.

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The 41.8 rating in St. Louis exceeded the market’s rating for Super Bowl LIII (2019), which delivered a 39.8 rating for Rams-Patriots. The Rams played in St. Louis from 1995-2015. In addition to the 41.8 rating, St. Louis delivered a 60 share, meaning six in 10 households in the market that were watching television at the time were tuned into Game 7.

Boston delivered a 30.2 local rating for Game 7.

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