Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday was watched by an average of 10.1 percent of homes in the New York area on NBC, the highest such figure for any market. Los Angeles ranked third at 7.1, behind Buffalo's 8.5.
The 10.1 was the best New York rating ever for hockey on NBC or NBCSN. Game 7 of the 1994 Final averaged a 16.2 on MSG, a figure that could be surpassed if the Rangers-Kings series goes six or seven games.
Nationally, the game averaged nearly 4.8 million viewers, down significantly from the nearly 6.4 million for last year's triple-overtime Game 1 between the Bruins and Blackhawks but up from 2.9 million for Devils-Kings in 2012.
Wednesday's game peaked at 5.7 million viewers between 10:45 and 11 p.m. -- NEIL BEST