NBC earned a 5.6 overnight rating for the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Final, a 40 percent increase from a 4.0 rating for the series-clinching Kings-Devils Game 6 last year, according to Sports Business Daily.
The game earned a 30.2 local rating in Chicago and a 33.0 rating in Boston, the paper said.
Last night's telecast is expected to bring NBC a primetime win, as Game 6 is expected to be night's highest-rated program. The peacock fended off competition from the premiere episode of CBS' "Under the Dome."
"When you get two of the Original Six in the Stanley Cup Final, you can only hope the series is competitive," USA TODAY's Reid Cherner wrote. The teams "have complied; fans and the network have been rewarded."