Game 4 NHL Stanley Cup win over Colorado Avalanche sees viewership rise for ABC – Deadline
Game 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final ended up being a win for the Colorado Avalanche and ABC on Wednesday night.
A goal by Avalanche center Nazem Kadri in overtime against the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning put Colorado one win away from winning its first Stanley Cup since 2001. All that drama on the ice at the Tampa’s Amalie Arena last night also saw the Disney-owned network win the prime-time evening among adults 18-49 and overall viewership in early numbers.
The Avalanche’s 3-2 win 0.9 rating in the key demo and 3.6 million viewers in the 8-11 p.m. time frame, according to Nielsen.
Tied with the 8 p.m. The price is right per night on CBS for total eyeball sets, Game 4 was up just over 11% in viewership compared to the first results of Game 3 on June 20. That 6-2 Lightning win went on to reach around 4.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating. in the final data.
Looking back on the 2021 Stanley Cup, ABC sees stratospheric leaps from NBC’s coverage last year. Only the second Game 3 of a Stanley Cup to air on a broadcast network in more than a decade and a half, the final Game 3 numbers of the 2022 NHL Showdown increased 65% in total viewership and an incredible 83% in the odds.
Played on July 2 last year, Game 3 of 2021 saw then-defending champions Lightning School the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in the Quebec metropolis. Seeking a four-game sweep, the Lightning were blocked by the Canadiens in Game 4 on July 5 in Montreal. This battle drew 2.92 million viewers for the Comcast-owned network. It all ended on July 7, when Tampa beat Montreal 1-0 to win the Cup. In a very East Coast-centric finale, this 2021 Game 5 was viewed by 3.51 million viewers and had a 1.9 demo rating.
Elsewhere in primetime, The CW’s penultimate episode of the flashThe eighth season sped things up a bit. With a two-month audience record, the superhero series attracted nearly 620,000 viewers. As for the 18-49 year old crowd, Glow again scored 0.1
NBC was all in rehearsal Wednesday, while Fox Chef (0.4, 2.2M4) and So you think you can dance (0.3, 1.51M) are down a notch in audience, but identical to last week among 18-49 year olds.
After a night of both new and repeated strong TV game performances, CBS’ callback to second place overall One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga special probably suffered against hockey competition with 1.65 million viewers and a 0.2 rating.
Colorado and Tampa Bay meet for Game 5 Friday on ABC in what could be the end of this year’s Stanley Cup. In the meantime, take a look at our chart below for a look at last night’s prime time: