On Wednesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks prevailed in overtime over the Detroit Red Wings to advance to the Western Conference Finals. NBC Sports Network announced yesterday that the game was the highest rated NHL game ever for the network. Here is a quick rundown:
- The game posted a 2.07 rating and averaged 3.354 million viewers. The 2.07 rating is the highest in network history for an NHL game, besting a 1.97 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
- Hawks-Wings led the way for the most watched conference semifinal round on broadcast or cable with the 24 games averaging 1.5 million.
- It is the highest rated non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002 (Detroit-Colorado, 5/29/02: 2.09).
The ratings peaked at a 2.83 and 4.613 million viewers between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. ET.