Blackhawks’ win earns best overnight rating for Game 2 of Cup final on record

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Chicago Blackhawks’ win Monday night earned the best overnight U.S. television rating for a Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on record.

The Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers drew a 4.1 rating and 7 share on NBC, the highest overnight rating since at least 1975, which is as far back as the records go.

In Canada, the game drew 2.775 million CBC viewers, up from 1.875 million last year. Comparing those numbers is difficult, however, because a new audience-measuring system has seen sports ratings skyrocket in Canada since it was introduced in September.

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The NBC rating was up 21 per cent from last year’s 3.4 for Red Wings-Penguins.

The game earned a 25.1 rating and 39 share in Chicago.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program, while the share is the percentage of all TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the largest markets in the U.S.

—With files from The Canadian Press