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Wednesday’s Blackhawks-Kings game was close — except in the ratings
The score of Wednesday’s nail-biter of a hockey game was close, but Chicago trounced Los Angeles in the television ratings department.
NBC Sports Group reported that 575,000 households in the Chicago market tuned in to Game 5 of the Western Conference Final (WCF) on NBC Sports Network — more than three times the 171,000 households in the L.A. market that watched their team lose.
Chicago drew its second-best WCF rating ever on NBCSN with a 16.3 rating, trailing only its 16.6 rating for the Kings-Blackhawks Game 2 of last year’s WCF on June 2. Los Angeles delivered a 3.0 rating for the game.
The double overtime thriller averaged 2.175 million viewers nationwide, up 79 percent vs. the last WCF Game 5 on cable between Los Angeles and Phoenix (1.217 million) in 2012 (no WCF Game 5 on cable last year); up 147 percent vs. San Jose-Vancouver Game 5 in 2011 (879,000); and the most-watched WCF game since Chicago-Detroit in 2009 (2.324 million).
Viewing peaked at 3.14 million viewers from 10:15-10:30 p.m. Central Time.