Each game of the Toronto-Washington series accounts for five of the seven largest postseason audiences on cable this year. All that despite the fact that Canadian markets do not count toward U.S. television ratings.
Wednesday’s Game 4 had 677,000 viewers on NBCSN, up 30% from Capitals-Flyers last year (521K), but down 1% from Rangers-Penguins in 2015 (684K).
Monday’s Game 3 earned a 0.4 final rating and 615,000 viewers on NBCSN. The Maple Leafs’ overtime win delivered the fourth-largest audience of the postseason on cable (22 telecasts through Tuesday), with their series against the Capitals making up three of the top four.
Last Saturday’s Game 2 on NBCSN had a 0.4 and 759,000 — up a tick in ratings and 75% in viewership from Wild-Stars last year (0.3, 433K).
Maple Leafs-Capitals Game 1 had 628,000 — up 147% from Islanders-Panthers last year (254K) and up 80% from Red Wings-Lightning in 2015 (348K), both of which aired on CNBC. With streaming included, it had 643,000.
Final numbers for game 5 were not available at the time of this post.
By Jon Sorensen