NHL ratings hit peak

The NBC Sports Network set a record. It might not stand for long. The cable channel had a 2.07 national rating, its highest for an NHL broadcast, with 3,354,000 viewers tuning in to watch the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime of Game 7 Wednesday night. Its previous record in seven-plus years of carrying NHL games was a 1.97 rating set on June 2, 2010, when Chicago played the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. The numbers could potentially be even better in June with major markets (Los Angeles, Boston, Pittsburgh) and big-time teams which have won the last four Stanley Cups still playing. – Associated Press

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