Game One of hockey's Stanley Cup Final — featuring a showdown between the country's two largest markets with the Los Angeles Kings taking on the New York Rangers — gave NBC a win in Wednesday's prime time, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the opening game of the NHL title series delivered a 1.7 average in 18-49 from 8-11 p.m., well below the 2.4 for Game One of last year's championship series between Boston and Chicago. Wednesday's game was the top-rated program on broadcast prime.
Fox's two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" slipped one-tenth from last week to a 1.5 average in the 18-49 demo, still good enough to put Fox in second place overall.
ABC aired mostly repeats, with its only fresh program, "Motive," ticking up one-tenth from a week ago to a 1.0 in viewers 18-49 at 10 p.m. CBS aired an all-repeat lineup and settled for fifth place in prime time behind Univision.
For prime time overall, NBC led the 18-49 demo with its 1.7 average, ahead of Fox (1.5 average), ABC (1.2), Univision (1.1) and CBS (1.0). CBS's repeat lineup topped total viewers with 5.6 million, followed by Fox (5.0 million), ABC (4.9 million), NBC (4.5 million) and Univision (2.6 million).