Blackhawks-Red Wings Game 7 sets NBC Sports Network ratings mark

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It was the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners against a team with 22 consecutive playoff appearances.

And hockey fans across the U.S. took notice, as the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings did battle in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

According to a release from The NBC Sports Group, Wednesday’s game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings “posted a 2.07 rating and averaged 3.354 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, and the most-watched Semifinal game ever on cable.”

Data goes back to 1994.

“The game… is the highest-rated non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002.”

Naturally, the game did well in the two competing cities – Chicago and Detroit.

“In Chicago, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 17.21 HH rating, the highest local rating ever in the market for an NHL game on NBC Sports Network,” it was said in the statement.

“In Detroit, the Blackhawks-Red Wings telecast received a 14.96 HH rating.”

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