I have to admit, I didn’t want to see a Stanley Cup final rematch between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. The only way I’d watch would be if there was a game 7.
It turns out that I, along with the rest of the United States did the same. NBC’s Game 7 between the Red Wings-Penguins garnered the largest ratings in years.
Overnight figures for Friday night estimated approximately 7.51 million viewers nationwide tuned in to the game. The largest audience, an estimated 9.07 million, tuned in to watch the end of the game and see Sidney Crosby and the victorious Penguins lift the Stanley Cup.
Traditionally, N.H.L. games usually draw a audience of only one-third to one-quarter the size of the N.B.A.’s in the United States. Whether this will be a trend or a passing fad will be seen.
Overall, it can only help the sport that is still recovering from a devastating work stoppage in 2006.