NHL Stanley Cup Finals, 1995-2008

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June 16th, 2008

Updated with 2008 ratings. The Pittsburgh Penguins / Detroit Red Wings "dream" matchup did sharply reverse the declining trend in NHL Stanley Cup Finals ratings. Perhaps now the NBA will get some competition from the NHL with the conspiracy theories over teams/matchups being grooved for TV ratings purposes ;)

Full Data for NHL Stanley Cup Finals Ratings, 1995-2008

Year Viewers (million) Network Teams
1995 5.21 FOX New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings
1996 5.09 FOX Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
1997 6.37 FOX Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
1998 4.83 FOX Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals
1999 4.87 FOX Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres
2000 5.51 ABC New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars
2001 5.06 ABC Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils
2002 5.77 ABC Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes
2003 3.63 *ABC/ESPN New Jersey Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks
2004 3.29 *ABC/ESPN Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames
2005     Strike, no season
2006 2.83 **NBC/OLN Carolina vs, Edmonton
2007 1.76 NBC/VS Ottawa vs. Anaheim
2008 4.48 NBC/VS Pittsburgh vs. Detroit

*ABC had 5 telecasts & ESPN had 2 telecasts so this is the combined average of both networks.

**NBC had 5 telecasts & OLN had 2 telecasts so this is the combined average of both networks.

Data for 2006-8 is Live+SD, all previous years are Live viewing.

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