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[05/28/19 - 01:03 PM]
Blues-Bruins on NBC Delivers Most-Watched Stanley Cup Final Game 1 in Four Years
NBC Sports spins the numbers for Monday, May 27.

[via press release from NBC Sports]

BLUES-BRUINS ON NBC DELIVERS MOST-WATCHED STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 IN FOUR YEARS

Monday Night's Blues-Bruins Game 1 Averages Total Audience Delivery of 5.380 Million Viewers on NBC, Up 2% vs. 2018 and Up 9% vs. 2017

NBC Expected to Win the Night in All Key Demographics

Blues-Bruins Scores Most-Streamed Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Ever

St. Louis Leads All Local Markets with Record 29.0 Rating

STAMFORD, Conn. - May 28, 2019 - NBC Sports' presentation of Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 5.380 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 1 in four years and NBC Sports' third-most watched Game 1 since it began broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, according to Fast National data from Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The Bruins come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Blues at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., averaged 5.380 million viewers across NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (8:09-11:01 p.m. ET), up 2% vs. last year's Game 1 (WSH-VGK, 5.288 million) and up 9% vs. 2017 (NSH-PIT, 4.925 million). It trails only two other Game 1s in NBC Sports' 14-year history broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final (BOS-CHI, 6.315 million, 2013; CHI-TBL, 5.586 million, 2015).

Game 1 is expected to propel NBC to win Monday night in total viewers, and the key Adult 18-49 and Adult 25-54 demographics. The game delivered a 2.87 HH rating and 5.264 million TV-only viewers.

Digitally, Blues-Bruins delivered the most-streamed Stanley Cup Final Game 1 ever and the fourth-most streamed NHL game on record, with an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 115,500 viewers and 19.9 million live minutes, up 37% and 24%, respectively, vs. 2018.

St. Louis led all markets with a 29.0 local rating, NBC Sports' highest NHL rating on record in the market. Boston scored a 25.2 rating. NBC was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.

Following are the Top 5 markets for Blues-Bruins Stanley Cup Final Game 1 on NBC:

Rank Market Rating
1 St. Louis 29.0
2 Boston 25.2
3 Providence 18.8
4 Buffalo 8.4
5 Kansas City 5.2

NBC Sports' exclusive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final continues tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues look to even the series with a Game 2 win against Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins. Pre-game coverage from TD Garden in Boston, Mass., starts at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special two-hour edition of NHL Live.





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