Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals was obviously big for the Washington Capitals, as the team was able to close out the Vegas Golden Knights and claim its first ever Stanley Cup. Washington wasn’t the only big winner of the night. The celebration may have been just as raucousat NBC Sports headquarters.
That’s because Game 5 set some pretty impressive ratings records since the NBC and NHL first started working together. First, Game 5 delivered a 5.0 rating in metered-market households. That is up significantly from the 3.8 average of all four previous games. That number also makes it the most watched Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 ever.
Throughout the country, NBC reports that Game 5 drew a 1.9 rating and was seen on television in over 6 million households. Both of those numbers are up from 2017, when Game 5 between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a 1.5 rating and was seen in 3.8 million homes. The game did huge numbers in the home towns of the teams involved. In Las Vegas, the broadcast drew 27.6 rating, while in DC it drew a 25.4.
The network says the game also delivered its largest ever streaming audience with an estimated 318,000 viewers, which would be up 117% over 2017’s digital audience for Game 5.