Tuesday, June 5th, 2018


Full 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Continue to be Most-Watched in 21 Years; Up 7% vs. Last Year

Golden Knights-Capitals Game 4 Blowout  on NBC Averages Total Audience Delivery of 5.161 Million Viewers

Washington, D.C., Sets Another Local Ratings Record

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 5, 2018 – Despite last night’s Game 4 blowout, in which the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., the 2018 Stanley Cup Final is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.443 million viewers through the first four games across NBC, NBCSN,, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched Final in three years, according to Fast National data by the Nielsen Company and streaming data by Adobe Analytics.

Capitals-Golden Knights is up 5% vs. last year’s Nashville-Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Final (4.232 million), and up 30% vs. the first four games of the 2016 SCF between San Jose and Pittsburgh (3.414 million).

The Capitals hold a 3-1 series lead and are one victory away from winning the first Stanley Cup in team history. Game 5 between the Capitals and Golden Knights is set for Thursday night from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Through 82 games, the entire 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are averaging a TAD of 1.374 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, Golf Channel,, and the NBC Sports app, and continue to be the most-watched NHL post-season in 21 years.

Last night’s Game 4 – which featured the Capitals leading the Golden Knights 3-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second – averaged a TAD of 5.161 million viewers. TV-only viewership on NBC peaked at 5.426 million viewers from 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET. Digitally, the game delivered 274,000 uniques, up +26% vs. last year’s Game 4; 17.4 million live minutes, up +8%; and an Average Minute Audience of 100,200 viewers, up +22%.

Washington, D.C., delivered a 22.9 local rating, the highest rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping last Monday’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 (16.0). For the first time this series, Washington, D.C., led all markets in viewership. Las Vegas’ 20.5 local rating stands as its second-highest for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, behind only last week’s Game 1 (28.1).

Following are the ratings for the Top 10 markets for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 4 on NBC:

Rank Metered Market Rating
1 Washington D.C. 22.90
2 Las Vegas 20.48
3 Baltimore 12.39
4 Richmond 10.54
5 Buffalo 8.88
6 Pittsburgh 6.92
7 Minneapolis 6.53
8 Denver 5.13
9 St. Louis 4.60
10 Nashville 4.50