Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19), front, skates around Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) as goalie Ben Bishop (50), left, defends the net, during the second period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final in Tampa, Fla., Wednes
Chris O' Meara
June 04, 2015

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 5,547,000 viewers and drew a 3.34 rating Wednesday night on NBC.

Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay was most-watched Game 1 that did not require overtime in 18 years and NBC's second-most-watched Game 1 ever, the network said Thursday.

The audience peaked at 6,433,000 viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m. EDT.

Chicago had a 28.0 metered market rating, its third-highest ever for a Blackhawks game on NBC, trailing only the Stanley Cup Final-ending Game 6 matchups in 2013 and 2010. Tampa drew a 17.9 rating.

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