The Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators on Sunday to win the Stanley Cup, with Pittsburgh topping all markets when it came to television ratings for the championship series.
Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final delivered a 40.0 rating in Pittsburgh, according to NBC Sports.
That is the second highest rated Penguins game in the Pittsburgh market on the NBC networks, with only Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin‘s first championship, which came in a rematch against Detroit) placing higher with a 42.2 rating.
Meanwhile, NBC Sports once again set a record in Nashville, which delivered a 28.3 rating — the highest-rated Predators game in that market on the NBC networks.
Three of the top 10 markets for Game 6 of the final were in Tennessee, with Knoxville sitting third (10.7) and Memphis coming in at No. 10 (5.4). Below is the top 10 markets for the entire series.
This year’s final averaged 4.762 million viewers on NBC and NBCSN, representing a 19 per cent increase from the previous year when the Penguins defeated the Sharks. Last night’s game averaged 7.086 million viewers, a 29 per cent increase from last year’s Game 6.
Television viewership peaked with nearly 9.5 million viewers late in the game as the Penguins broke a scoreless deadlock.