Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Ratings Steady With 2014, ‘Briefcase’ Falls, ‘Bullseye’ Even

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Things started out well for the Tampa Bay Lightning last night but they ended much better for the Chicago Blackhawks. In Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (1.8/6), the Original Six team won 2-1 in their opponent’s own house. In what is the first playoff matchup between the two previous Cup winners, the best-of-7 series slipped 5% on the adults 18-49 ice from the final numbers of last year’s Game 1 between megamarket teams then Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. Still, in fast nationals to fast nationals, the Blackhawks’ win last night beat the Kings’ 2014 victory by 5%. Last night’s 8-11 PM Game 1 drew 5.46 million viewers, down just more than 2% from the Game 1 of last year.

Live sports being what they are, expect an adjustment in the NHL numbers later in the day, but its doubtful NBC will relinquish its demo top spot (1.8/6 rating). Repeat-heavy CBS was ahead by a nose in total viewers with 5.8 million watching. Overall, 18-49 TV usage was down 5% from last week.

In metered-market results, last night’s NHL game scored a 4.2/7 rating, up 10% from last year’s Game 1 results. That makes it the second highest-rated Stanley Cup Final Game 1 that NBC has ever shown. The bestremains the 2013 triple-overtime Game 1 between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins – Chicago won that game 4-3 and ultimately the Cup that year.

The Lightning and the Blackhawks meet up for Game 2 on Saturday before moving up to the Windy City for Game 3 on Monday. But don’t worry if you have championship fever – the NBA Finals start tonight on ABC.

Speaking of ABC, the network’s only original of the night was 10 PM’s Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/4), which dipped 9% in the demo from its May 28 episode. CBS’ new 8 PM unscripted get-out-of-debt show The Briefcase (0.9/4) slammed shut with a 36% crash among 18-49s from its debut last week.

Last week, MasterChef (1.4/3) faced the last game of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals and this week it was the Stanley Cup. Looks like hockey won as the Gordon Ramsay show was down 13% i the demo from its May 28 airing. Then again, last week saw MasterChef jump double digits from its Season 6 premiere May 21 and viewershipwise the show was even with last week. Newbie Bullseye (1.1/4) hit just that last night and was even in both the demo and viewers compared with its premiere last week.

The CW was all encores.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2015/06/stanley-cup-final-game-1-ratings-nbc-briefcase-bullseye-1201437724/