UPDATE: NBC Sports earns 3.9 rating for Stanley Cup finals Game 1 thriller
The final numbers are out for NBC Sports' coverage of Wednesday's thrilling triple-overtime Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins scored a 3.9 rating and averaged 6.358 million viewers, up 117 percent and 119 percent, respectively, versus last year's Game 1 (Los Angeles-New Jersey, 1.8 rating, 2.902 million viewers).
The 6.358 million viewers are the most to watch a Stanley Cup final Game 1 in 16 years, just 9,000 viewers off Detroit-Philadelphia on FOX in 1997 (6.367 million), which stands as the most-watched Game 1 ever, since the advent of people meters in 1987. It's the most-watched Stanley Cup final Game 1 ever on NBC Sports, which started televising the NHL in the 2005-06 season.
Viewership for the game peaked in the first overtime period (11:15-11:30 p.m.), with nearly 7.444 million viewers.
NBC Sports is averaging 3.083 million viewers for its coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, up 38 percent versus the same time period last year (2.226 million). For the entire playoffs, NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC have combined to average 1.191 million viewers per game, up 7 percent from last year (1.116 million).