Ratings for last night’s Game 6 were up 17 percent from Game 5, and it was the most watched Game 6 in eight years (between the New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars in 2000 on ABC.) Among adults 18-49, it averaged a solid 3.0 rating.
And don’t forget the contributions made by the Chicago Blackhawks. Even though they haven’t made the playoffs this year, a number of fan-friendly moves – lifting the decades-long home TV blackout and bringing back former Blackhawk players as ambassadors (such as Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito) – not to mention a young team headed by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane – has gotten fans excited in the Windy City about hockey for the first time in over fifteen years. This can only help the NHL.
While it has a ways to go, there are sunnier days – (or should I say icy days) – for the NHL ahead.