To paraphrase, LL Cool J, don’t call it a dynasty, because the Chicago Blackhawks never really went away. With last night’s Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals (2.8/9), the Windy City’s boys took home Lord Stanley’s reward for the third time in the last six seasons, the franchise’s sixth championship in their more than nine-decade history.
With 7.59 million total viewers on NBC, fast nationals for the winning game are up 22% over the final adults 18-49 results of 2014’s series finale, on a Friday (June 13), when the Los Angeles Kings ousted the New York Rangers to take the Cup. Fast nationals to fast nationals, that demo difference spreads to 47% in favor of this year’s winning game. However, the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals only went to five games. The last Game 6 was in 2013, when the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to win the series. Compared to that, this year’s Game 6 was down 13% in fast nationals and 15% to the final demo ratings.
We’ll see adjusted numbers for last night’s game later, but in the meantime the metered markets results have Monday’s matchup getting a 5.6 — the third-best Game 6 result ever and just a hair behind the 5.7 the 2013 game drew. NBC easily took the night with a 2.6/9 rating and 7.59 million viewers.
Another competition seemed to fare well last night with Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.3/4) jumping 18% in the 18-49 demo compared with its June 8 episode. There was no movement at all, at least ratingswise, for ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.8/6), which was even with last week. Following last week’s tumble, freshman The Whispers (0.9/3) took another 10% slip in its third week.
The CW and CBS were all encores on Tuesday.