The television ratings for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs have been steady despite many top markets not having teams qualify and finalists from the past two years eliminated in the first round.
Going into the start of Monday’s final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins, television ratings for all games across NBC Sports Group are slightly down from last year but up 4% from 2017. An average of 1.174 million viewers have tuned in per game, which is fifth most since 1994.
Cable ratings are up 4%, with an average of 1.004 million viewers, which is the third highest since 1996.
The second round, which had two seven-game series in the West, was the most watched