Last night's Stanley Cup Final triple-overtime thriller (Game 5) between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins on NBC was a clear winner last night (regardless of what anyone says) with ratings the best since the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, when the Red Wings played the Carolina Hurricanes. Overall, the game averaged a 4.3 household rating and a 8 share.
The ratings were up 79 percent from last year's Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.
The Penguins won, forcing a Game 6 to be played back in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh scored the best ratings with a 35.4/52, with Detroit following at 29.6/46 (for WDIV.) Chicago did not finish in the top ten (the red-hot Cubs played last night at the same time), while New York or Los Angeles didn't, either.
Thought: With the Red Wings and Detroit all ready to party to celebrate the Cup, Pittsburgh tied it up in the final minute to send the game into overtime, and the Red Wings eventually lost the game on a high-sticking penalty in the third overtime. This Chicagoan laughed his ass off.