Game 6 of the Hawks-Detroit series did a 13.45 local rating on NBC Sports Network; 1 local rating point is the equivalent of approximately 35,000 homes. Meanwhile, the Sox-Cubs did a combined 6.53 rating on WGN-Ch.9 and Comcast Sports Net.
The Hawks rating was the highest ever in Chicago for a conference semifinal game and behind only their two Stanley Cup finals games on NBC Sports Network in 2010.
More ratings news from Steve Lepore of SB Nation:
Game 6 drew a 13.4 in Chicago. Game 6 was the highest-rated semifinal ever on NBCSN in the market.
Game 6 drew a 15.9 in Detroit. That's the highest-rated game ever on NBCSN in the market. That includes the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Final.
Detroit rating for Game 6 was up 37% from Games 1, 3-4 on NBCSN. Chicago was up 52%. You can likely expect something special on Wednesday.
According to Bleed Cubbie Blue, the baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field was “the second-smallest announced crowd in the 91-game history of the Cubs/White Sox interleague series." So the Blackhawks affected both viewership on the tube and in the seats.
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