Sports Media Watch writes that if the 7.02 million figure holds -- and keep in mind that number doesn't currently factor in either Cincinnati or D.C., which was hit with nasty weather last night -- Game 6 will be the most-watched NHL telecast in the U.S. since Game 7 of the Ducks/Devils series (7.2 million) in 2003. Which was the last all-U.S. Stanley Cup final. Which should tell you all you need to know about the alleged ratings "slump" for the Stanley Cup finals on American television since then.
See what happens when you have two legit teams, marketed well to the casual sports fan and presented professionally by a couple of networks that seem to give a damn? Live and learn, NHL.
UPDATE (7:00 p.m.) -- Sports Media Watch has the adjusted numbers down to 6.8 million. Still strong.
- 2008 Stanley Cup finals