Saturday night’s Game 7 of the NHL’s Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks set an overnight ratings record for NBC and in their respective local markets. The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks in Anaheim 5-3 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
The game produced a 3.27 metered market rating, making it NBC’s highest overnight rating for an NHL game ever, excluding Stanley Cup Final games, according to The Nielsen Company. The 3.27 overnight rating for Blackhawks-Ducks Game 7, in which the Blackhawks never had less than a two-goal cushion after taking a 4-0 lead in the second period, was also up slightly from last year’s Kings-Blackhawks overtime Game 7 on NBCSN (3.17).
Locally, the Chicago market delivered a 26.6 HH rating, its highest ever for a non-Stanley Cup Final Blackhawks game on NBC and its third-highest overall.
The Los Angeles market produced a 3.9 HH rating, its highest ever for a non-Stanley Cup Final Ducks game on NBC and its second-highest overall, trailing only the Cup-clinching Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final (vs. Ottawa, 6.0).
Chicago moves on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks’ third SCF appearance in the past seven seasons. Game 1 is scheduled for June 3 in Tampa Bay.