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Thursday Final Ratings: Capitals’ Series-Clinching Victory on NBC Delivers Most-Watched NHL Stanley Cup Final Game Five in 16 Years

NBC’s NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5 between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 6.714 million viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 5 since Carolina-Detroit in 2002 (ABC, 6.848 million). The game was up 51 percent vs. last year’s Nashville-Pittsburgh Game 5 (4.444 million) and up 32 percent vs. San Jose-Pittsburgh in 2016 (5.070 million).

The game produced a TV-only 3.88 household rating on NBC.

TV-only viewership peaked at 9.087 million viewers from 11-11:15 p.m. ET. NBC won the night in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

Streaming of last night’s Game 5 set an NBC Sports Digital record for an NHL game with 381,000 uniques, up 119 percent vs 2017’s Game 5. The Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 124,000 viewers is best ever for an NHL game on NBC, the third-best overall (NBCSN games are Top 2), and up 100 percent vs. last year’s Game 5. Thursday night’s game delivered 24.5 million live minutes, up 121 percent vs. 2017.

A 25.2 local rating (45 share) in Washington, D.C. was the highest rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping Game 4 (22.9). Las Vegas’ 27.6 local rating (46 share) stands as the second-highest for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, behind only Game 1 (28.1).

The five-game Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights averaged a TAD of 4.918 million viewers, making it the most-watched Final since 2015’s Chicago-Tampa Bay six-game Final (5.600 million); up 3 percent vs. last year’s six-game Final featuring Nashville and Pittsburgh (4.762 million); and the best on record (since 1994) for a Stanley Cup Final without an Original Six team (Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs). The Final averaged a TV-only household rating of 2.73.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a TAD of 1.45 million viewers for 83 games across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, tying it with 2014 and 2015 for the second-most watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1997, behind only 2013 (1.47 million), which featured a six-game Final between Original Six teams Boston and Chicago. Overall, the 2018 playoffs were up 4 percent vs. 2017 (1.39 million). The Playoffs averaged a TV-only 0.83 household rating.

NBC Sports’ cable coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs produced a TAD of 1.054 million viewers (66 games) across NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, making it the second-best cable delivery in 21 years, behind only 2014 (1.098 million).

Coverage of the playoffs on NBC averaged a TAD of 2.889 million viewers, the best in three years (2015, 3.230 million) and up 3 percent vs. last year.

(Source: NBC Sports)

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  • What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Thursday, June 7:

    Celebrity Family Feud (RS) (ABC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 5.862 million viewers
    • 3.8/8 HH
    • 1.1/6 A18-49 (1.4/7 F18-49, 0.8/4 M18-49)
    • 0.7/5 A18-34 (0.9/6 F18-34, 0.4/3 M18-34)
    • 1.5/6 A25-54 (1.9/7 F25-54, 1.1/4 M25-54)

    $100,000 Pyramid (RS) (ABC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 4.698 million viewers
    • 3.0/6 HH
    • 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.2/5 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
    • 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/4 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    • 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.5/5 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    To Tell The Truth (RS) (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 3.491 million viewers
    • 2.3/5 HH
    • 0.7/3 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    • 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
    • 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.2/4 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)

    The Big Bang Theory (R) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 31 min.)
    • 6.538 million viewers
    • 4.2/9 HH
    • 1.0/5 A18-49 (1.1/6 F18-49, 0.8/5 M18-49)
    • 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    • 1.5/6 A25-54 (1.7/7 F25-54, 1.3/6 M25-54)

    Young Sheldon (R) (CBS, 8:31 PM, 30 min.)
    • 6.181 million viewers
    • 3.9/8 HH
    • 0.9/5 A18-49 (1.1/5 F18-49, 0.8/4 M18-49)
    • 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.4/3 M18-34)
    • 1.5/6 A25-54 (1.7/6 F25-54, 1.2/5 M25-54)

    Mom (R) (CBS, 9:01 PM, 29 min.)
    • 5.003 million viewers
    • 3.2/6 HH
    • 0.8/4 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
    • 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    • 1.2/5 A25-54 (1.5/5 F25-54, 1.0/4 M25-54)

    Life In Pieces (R) (CBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    • 3.839 million viewers
    • 2.5/5 HH
    • 0.6/3 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    • 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    • 1.0/3 A25-54 (1.2/4 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)

    S.W.A.T. (R) (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 3.782 million viewers
    • 2.5/5 HH
    • 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    • 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    • 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.1/4 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)

    NHL Stanley Cup Final Pre-Game #5 (NBC, 8:00 PM, 7 min.)
    • 4.501 million viewers
    • 2.8/6 HH
    • 1.0/6 A18-49 (1.0/5 F18-49, 1.1/7 M18-49)
    • 0.7/6 A18-34 (0.6/5 F18-34, 0.8/7 M18-34)
    • 1.4/7 A25-54 (1.3/6 F25-54, 1.5/8 M25-54)

    NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights (S) (NBC, 8:07 PM, 197 min.)
    • 6.588 million viewers
    • 3.9/8 HH
    • 2.2/11 A18-49 (1.7/8 F18-49, 2.7/14 M18-49)
    • 1.7/11 A18-34 (1.3/8 F18-34, 2.1/15 M18-34)
    • 2.6/10 A25-54 (2.0/7 F25-54, 3.3/13 M25-54)

    The Four (P) (Fox, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    • 2.434 million viewers
    • 1.6/3 HH
    • 0.7/4 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
    • 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/4 F18-34, 0.4/3 M18-34)
    • 0.9/4 A25-54 (1.1/4 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)

    Supernatural (R) (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.803 million viewers
    • 0.6/1 HH
    • 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.1/1 M18-49)
    • 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
    • 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)

    Black Lightning (R) (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.658 million viewers
    • 0.4/1 HH
    • 0.1/1 A18-49 (0.1/1 F18-49, 0.1/1 M18-49)
    • 0.1/0 A18-34 (0.1/0 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
    • 0.2/1 A25-54 (0.2/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)

    La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.606 million viewers
    • 0.8/2 HH
    • 0.5/3 A18-49

    El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.786 million viewers
    • 1.0/2 HH
    • 0.5/3 A18-49

    Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.547 million viewers
    • 0.8/2 HH
    • 0.5/2 A18-49

    Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.447 million viewers
    • 0.9/2 HH
    • 0.5/2 A18-49

    Sanson y Dalila (R) (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.304 million viewers
    • 0.2/0 HH
    • 0.1/0 A18-49

    Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    • 0.541 million viewers
    • 0.2/0 HH
    • 0.2/1 A18-49

    Sanson y Dalila (UniMás, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.602 million viewers
    • 0.3/1 HH
    • 0.2/1 A18-49

    Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.155 million viewers
    • 0.8/2 HH
    • 0.3/2 A18-49
    • 0.2/2 A18-34

    Mi Familia Perfecta (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.926 million viewers
    • 0.6/1 HH
    • 0.3/2 A18-49
    • 0.2/2 A18-34

    Al Otro Lado Del Muro (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.111 million viewers
    • 0.7/1 HH
    • 0.4/2 A18-49
    • 0.3/2 A18-34

    El Señor de Los Cielos VI (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.516 million viewers
    • 0.8/2 HH
    • 0.7/3 A18-49
    • 0.6/4 A18-34

    What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Thursday, June 7 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 9:00 PM, 31 min.)
    • 0.881 million viewers (#36)
    • 0.55 HH (#39)
    • 0.25 A18-49 (#27)
    • 0.24 A18-34 (#14)
    • 0.29 A25-54 (#33)

    Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 9:31 PM, 31 min.)
    • 0.973 million viewers (#30)
    • 0.61 HH (#31)
    • 0.27 A18-49 (#23)
    • 0.22 A18-34 (#23)
    • 0.33 A25-54 (#24)

    Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 10:02 PM, 31 min.)
    • 0.879 million viewers (#37)
    • 0.57 HH (#36)
    • 0.25 A18-49 (#27)
    • 0.18 A18-34 (#35)
    • 0.30 A25-54 (#31)

    Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 10:33 PM, 31 min.)
    • 0.786 million viewers (#46)
    • 0.52 HH (#42)
    • 0.23 A18-49 (#40)
    • 0.17 A18-34 (#43)
    • 0.29 A25-54 (#33)

    Southern Charm (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.568 million viewers (#13)
    • 1.07 HH (#9)
    • 0.57 A18-49 (#3)
    • 0.38 A18-34 (#7)
    • 0.75 A25-54 (#2)

    Nashville (CMT, 9:00 PM, 62 min.)
    • 0.722 million viewers (#51)
    • 0.46 HH (#52)
    • 0.15 A18-49 (#83)
    • 0.09 A18-34 (#85)
    • 0.19 A25-54 (#73)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.827 million viewers (#42)
    • 0.59 HH (#34)
    • 0.15 A18-49 (#83)
    • 0.04 A18-34 (#99)
    • 0.19 A25-54 (#73)

    Cuomo Prime Time (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.977 million viewers (#29)
    • 0.69 HH (#25)
    • 0.17 A18-49 (#68)
    • 0.07 A18-34 (#95)
    • 0.26 A25-54 (#50)

    CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.888 million viewers (#35)
    • 0.63 HH (#28)
    • 0.20 A18-49 (#55)
    • 0.08 A18-34 (#90)
    • 0.28 A25-54 (#39)

    MLB Wednesday Night – Early Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (ESPN, 7:00 PM, 189 min.)
    • 0.543 million viewers (#71)
    • 0.37 HH (#66)
    • 0.16 A18-49 (#73)
    • 0.14 A18-34 (#62)
    • 0.17 A25-54 (#78)

    SportsCenter Prime (ESPN, 10:09 PM, 51 min.)
    • 0.414 million viewers (#87)
    • 0.30 HH (#78)
    • 0.14 A18-49 (#91)
    • 0.05 A18-34 (#98)
    • 0.16 A25-54 (#86)

    Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    • 0.946 million viewers (#32)
    • 0.62 HH (#30)
    • 0.28 A18-49 (#21)
    • 0.18 A18-34 (#35)
    • 0.33 A25-54 (#24)

    Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 2.538 million viewers (#3)
    • 1.72 HH (#3)
    • 0.24 A18-49 (#35)
    • 0.11 A18-34 (#75)
    • 0.38 A25-54 (#19)

    Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 3.115 million viewers (#1)
    • 2.07 HH (#1)
    • 0.24 A18-49 (#35)
    • 0.11 A18-34 (#75)
    • 0.46 A25-54 (#11)

    The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 2.497 million viewers (#4)
    • 1.69 HH (#4)
    • 0.23 A18-49 (#40)
    • 0.10 A18-34 (#77)
    • 0.42 A25-54 (#15)

    Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (FRFM, 8:00 PM, 63 min.)
    • 0.919 million viewers (#34)
    • 0.58 HH (#35)
    • 0.32 A18-49 (#14)
    • 0.23 A18-34 (#20)
    • 0.35 A25-54 (#23)

    Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (FRFM, 9:03 PM, 61 min.)
    • 0.750 million viewers (#47)
    • 0.47 HH (#50)
    • 0.25 A18-49 (#27)
    • 0.21 A18-34 (#25)
    • 0.27 A25-54 (#44)

    The Devil Wears Prada (HBO, 8:00 PM, 109 min.)
    • 0.313 million viewers (#97)
    • 0.21 HH (#97)
    • 0.13 A18-49 (#98)
    • 0.09 A18-34 (#85)
    • 0.13 A25-54 (#98)

    Flip or Flop (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    • 1.728 million viewers (#7)
    • 1.18 HH (#7)
    • 0.41 A18-49 (#10)
    • 0.31 A18-34 (#11)
    • 0.55 A25-54 (#6)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    • 1.622 million viewers (#9)
    • 1.11 HH (#8)
    • 0.32 A18-49 (#14)
    • 0.21 A18-34 (#25)
    • 0.41 A25-54 (#17)

    House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    • 1.577 million viewers (#12)
    • 1.07 HH (#9)
    • 0.33 A18-49 (#12)
    • 0.19 A18-34 (#31)
    • 0.41 A25-54 (#17)

    Swamp People (HIST, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
    • 1.608 million viewers (#11)
    • 0.96 HH (#13)
    • 0.31 A18-49 (#18)
    • 0.18 A18-34 (#35)
    • 0.44 A25-54 (#12)

    Swamp Mysteries (HIST, 10:03 PM, 62 min.)
    • 1.622 million viewers (#9)
    • 0.98 HH (#11)
    • 0.33 A18-49 (#12)
    • 0.16 A18-34 (#47)
    • 0.47 A25-54 (#10)

    Murder Calls (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.144 million viewers (#21)
    • 0.82 HH (#19)
    • 0.25 A18-49 (#27)
    • 0.19 A18-34 (#31)
    • 0.36 A25-54 (#22)

    Extreme Measures (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.186 million viewers (#19)
    • 0.84 HH (#18)
    • 0.28 A18-49 (#21)
    • 0.16 A18-34 (#47)
    • 0.38 A25-54 (#19)

    All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 1.751 million viewers (#6)
    • 1.24 HH (#6)
    • 0.19 A18-49 (#58)
    • 0.08 A18-34 (#90)
    • 0.28 A25-54 (#39)

    Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 2.731 million viewers (#2)
    • 1.86 HH (#2)
    • 0.27 A18-49 (#23)
    • 0.09 A18-34 (#85)
    • 0.43 A25-54 (#14)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 2.210 million viewers (#5)
    • 1.54 HH (#5)
    • 0.19 A18-49 (#58)
    • 0.04 A18-34 (#99)
    • 0.32 A25-54 (#28)

    Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
    • 1.650 million viewers (#8)
    • 0.97 HH (#12)
    • 0.99 A18-49 (#1)
    • 1.18 A18-34 (#1)
    • 0.88 A25-54 (#1)

    Ex on the Beach (MTV, 9:01 PM, 61 min.)
    • 0.852 million viewers (#39)
    • 0.50 HH (#45)
    • 0.48 A18-49 (#6)
    • 0.61 A18-34 (#4)
    • 0.38 A25-54 (#19)

    American Woman (PAR, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    • 0.595 million viewers (#66)
    • 0.40 HH (#62)
    • 0.21 A18-49 (#50)
    • 0.15 A18-34 (#56)
    • 0.27 A25-54 (#44)

    The Carbonaro Effect (TRU, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    • 0.290 million viewers (#99)
    • 0.18 HH (#98)
    • 0.14 A18-49 (#91)
    • 0.12 A18-34 (#71)
    • 0.14 A25-54 (#95)

    RuPaul’s Drag Race 10 (VH1, 8:00 PM, 90 min.)
    • 0.631 million viewers (#63)
    • 0.43 HH (#58)
    • 0.31 A18-49 (#18)
    • 0.24 A18-34 (#14)
    • 0.33 A25-54 (#24)

    Untucked 9 (VH1, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    • 0.518 million viewers (#75)
    • 0.34 HH (#71)
    • 0.25 A18-49 (#27)
    • 0.17 A18-34 (#43)
    • 0.26 A25-54 (#50)

    Growing Up Hip Hop (WETV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    • 0.453 million viewers (#82)
    • 0.33 HH (#76)
    • 0.20 A18-49 (#55)
    • 0.10 A18-34 (#77)
    • 0.23 A25-54 (#61)

    Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

    Written by Douglas Pucci

    Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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