2010 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 highest rated NHL game since 1974

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You knew the numbers would be big, but I don’t think anyone thought they’d be this big. As the Flyers tied the game and sent Game 6 into overtime, the call went out across the nation: there’s a Stanley Cup finals game in overtime, you have to watch this.

The ratings peaked in the third period and overtime, as everyone across the nation tuned in to see the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Here’s the press release:

NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Last night’s
series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the
Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers registered a 5.8/10 overnight
rating (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Stanley Cup
Final game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on
NBC).

The rating peaked for the final 15 minutes of the game (11-11:15 p.m.
ET) with an 8.0 rating and 14 share. The 5.8 overnight is up 41 percent
vs. last year’s 4.1/7 overnight for Game 6 between the then-defending
Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins,
featuring Sidney Crosby.

In last night’s game, the Blackhawks defeated the Flyers, 4-3, on a
goal by Patrick Kane 4:06 into overtime to give Chicago its first
Stanley Cup since 1961, ending the NHL’s longest championship drought.

TOP 10 MARKETS

1. Chicago 32.8/50

2. Philadelphia 26.8/38

3. Buffalo 13.5/20

4. Pittsburgh 9.7/14

T5. Detroit 6.3/10

T5. Indianapolis 6.3/10

7. Fort Myers 6.1/10

8. Minneapolis 5.9/11

9. Las Vegas 5.7/9

10. Boston 5.1/9