Hawks and Bruins drive big ratings for Game 1

Hawks and Bruins drive big ratings for Game 1
June 13, 2013, 4:15 pm
Share This Post
CSN Staff

If you tuned in to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final last night, well, you weren't alone.

The Hawks' triple-overtime win earned the highest rating for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final since 1997, when the Detroit Red Wings took on the Philadelphia Flyers. The game earned a 4.8 national rating, up 100 percent from last year's Game 1 between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.

And, according to Sports Media Watch, the Hawks win over the Bruins received the third-highest overnight rating for the first game of a Final since 1996, when the championship series returned to broadcast TV.

[MORE: Obama among politicians offering support for Hawks]

Though Chicago beat Boston on the scoreboard at the United Center, Boston had a higher TV rating (28.1) than Chicago (25.1). In both cities, though, NBC was the most-watched network during game time (7 p.m. to 12 a.m. CT).

Make sure to keep that TV tuned to Comcast SportsNet for Blackhawks coverage throughout the Stanley Cup Final. Catch "Blackhawks Fever" tonight and tomorrow night at 11 p.m. Then, ahead of Game 2 on Saturday, check out "Blackhawks Morning Skate Live" at 10:30 a.m., followed later in the day by "Blackhawks Pregame Live" at 6 p.m. After Game 2, flip over to CSN for "Blackhawks Postgame Live" immediately after the final horn sounds. And, if you're away from your TV during Game 2, you can head over to nbcsports.com and catch a live stream of the game.