Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals took home the highest TV rankings for Thursday night.
The St. Louis win over the Boston Bruins secured NBC’s win over the evening, according to a report published Friday by The Hollywood Reporter.
The preliminary rating also marks the highest ratings for the 2019 NHL playoff season to date.
The game averaged 5.25 million viewers, but the number is expected to increase. The average matched the opening game of the series’ number and fell a little ahead of Monday’s average.
The Bruins loss drew a 4.0 rating Thursday night, making it the second-highest-rated Game 5 since 2014. The rating was lower than last year’s game 5 (5.0) but higher than 2014’s rating of 4.6. (RELATED: Zdeno Chara Says He’s Not Worried About Getting Hurt Worse Ahead Of Game 5)
However, those high ratings were for series-clinching games. Thursday’s rating was average with non-clinching former Game 5s from 2010-2013.
The high ratings aren’t a surprise as the series has been exciting and fun to watch. The two teams are truly fighting for the cup and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bruins came back and evened this series out.