The Stanley Cup finals were the least viewed finals since the 2007 Stanley Cup final that featured the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators in five games.
The Stanley Cup finals were down 43% compared to last years finals that had the Colorado Avalanche defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
Why were the 2023 Stanley Cup ratings so low?
The main reason Stanley Cup TV ratings were so low was the NHL finals were not on a national broadcast network like ABC, NBC, CBS. Having the games on TNT where viewers in the USA have to pay for the service played a major part in the low ratings.
Also not having a big market team in the Stanley Cup finals like the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, LA Kings, Philadelphia Flyers or the Toronto Maple Leafs did not help.
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