Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wingPatrick Kane
(88) and centerJonathan Toews
(19) skate together with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 Stanley Cup Final has been epic,with it being played between two very formidable teams. The Chicago Blackhawks are the most dominate team of the “salary cap era”, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are the new upcoming team in the NHL. Both teams are built in similar ways: speed and skill, with the Blackhawks hopefully reaching the top of the mountain for the third time in six seasons, NHL fans should stop and appreciate the Blackhawks and their championship runs and here are three reasons why the appreciation should be given!
- Ratings: The Chicago Blackhawks DRAW fans. Chicago is one of the largest markets in the NHL, and when they advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, people watch. The Blackhawks /Ducks Western Conference Finale was the most watched NHL Game in the last two decades. Since the Blackhawks were released from TV JAIL when Rocky Wiertz freed the Blackhawks from TV Jail, the Blackhawks have drawn people on TV.
In 2013, the Stanley Cup Finals averaged 3.3 household rating and 5.764 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals was watching 8.16 million viewers on NBC. This Stanley Cup Final has been more of the same. Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals was the second best Stanley Cup opener since 1990. It earned a 3.3 and 5.5 million viewers, while Game 2 set the record for a non-clinching game earning a 3.9 and 6.5 million viewers. Game three was the third best Stanley Cup Final game since 2002 at 2.2 and 3.9 million viewers, and Game 4 drew a 2.9 overnight rating. Lastly Game 5 earned a 3.8, 3.8 is the fourth-highest for a Saturday night Stanley Cup final game since 2006.
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