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Stanley Cup ratings pop in Tampa, especially for Lightning’s Game 6 win

The final game of this year’s Lightning-Stars series was NBC’s highest-rated hockey night in Tampa since 2015.
Players and staff of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after winning the Stanley Cup against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.
Players and staff of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after winning the Stanley Cup against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday. [ MARKO DITKUN | Special to the Times ]
Published Sep. 30, 2020|Updated Sep. 30, 2020

Everyone in Tampa is talking about the Lightning’s Stanley Cup win. A lot of people were watching it live, too.

Monday’s Game 6 victory over the Dallas Stars was NBC’s most viewed NHL game in the Tampa market since Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to the network, Game 6 drew a 15.39 rating, meaning 15.39 percent of television households in Tampa Bay tuned in — twice the percentage of households in Dallas. Game 5 also drew a 12.13 local rating, which at the time was the market’s best of the playoffs.

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Nationally, Game 5 drew a 1.47 rating with 2.77 million viewers, while Game 6 notched a 1.66 rating with nearly 2.95 million viewers. On a whole, the series drew an average of 2.15 million viewers per game on NBC and NBCSN.

All cumulative figures were down from last year’s Stanley Cup finals between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. This also was the least-watched Stanley Cup final since 2007 (Anaheim Ducks-Ottawa Senators).

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