The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks to even their Stanley Cup Final series at one game apiece drew a 4.8 overnight household rating on NBC. That’s up versus the 4.23 overnight rating for Thursday night’s game 1 and a record metered market rating for a game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The rating was also up vs. the 4.6 overnight rating for last year’s Kings-Rangers game 2 which similarly aired after a Belmont Stakes where a bid for horse racing’s Triple Crown was in play, but this year’s number might have been bolstered due to American Pharoah’s win and race viewers sticking around for post-race coverage of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
The game drew a 22.6 rating in Chicago and a 15.1 in Tampa. Buffalo was 3rd with a 8.6 followed by Milwaukee with a 6.7 and Ft. Meyers with a 6.5.
Overnight household rating = the live+same day DVR overnight metered-market household rating from the top 56 Nielsen television markets. The 56 markets () account for about 70% of the US TV-viewing population. The overnight household rating is the percentage of the households that were tuned-in in those markets