58 Shows That Had Better Ratings Than The Stanley Cup Finals

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The idea that hockey is dead as a mainstream sport is well-worn territory. We know, nobody cares about those toothless guys on skates. What we didn’t know was to what extent nobody cared. Here are the number of viewers for the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Finals — NBC — 2.90 Million Viewers

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Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Finals — NBC — 2.54 Million Viewers

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To give this some perspective, I went through last week’s ratings and put together a list of all the programs that had more total viewers than the Stanley Cup finals.

Note 1: Not all time slots are equal, and not all nights are equal so this isn’t a one-to-one comparison. But championships are supposed to draw viewers regardless of scheduling, and especially when they have games on network television.

Note 2: Yes these are all real shows.

Network

1. “Dogs In The City” — CBS — 6.72 Million Viewers

(CBS)

2. A Rerun Of “Dogs In The City” — CBS — 4.5 Million Viewers

(CBS)

3. A Rerun Of “The Middle” — ABC — 4.81 Million Viewers

(ABC)

4. A Rerun Of “Suburgatory” — 3.67 Million Viewers

5. A Rerun Of “Modern Family” — ABC — 4.43 Million Viewers

(ABC)

6. A Rerun Of “Criminal Minds” — CBS — 5.89 Million Viewers

(CBS)

7. A Rerun Of “CSI” — CBS — 7.06 Million Viewers

(CBS)

8. “So You Think You Can Dance” — FOX — 7.15 Million Viewers

(FOX)

9. “Secret Millionaire” — ABC — 5.6 Million Viewers

(ABC)

10. A Rerun Of “Secret Millionaire” — ABC — 3.34 Million Viewers

(ABC)

11. “Dateline” — NBC — 6.02 Million Viewers

(NBC)

12. A Rerun of “Shark Tank” — ABC — 4.77 Million Viewes

(ABC)

13. A Rerun Of “Undercover Boss” — CBS — 5.01 Million Viewers

(CBS)

14. “What Would You Do?” — ABC — 3.69 Million Viewers

(ABC)

15. “20/20” — ABC — 4.66 Million Viewers

(ABC)

16. A Rerun Of “CSI: NY” — ABC — 5.05 Million Viewers

(CBS)

17. A Rerun of “Blue Bloods” — CBS — 5.41 Million Viewers

(CBS)

18. “Miss USA Pageant” — NBC — 6.2 Million Viewers

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19. A Rerun Of “Family Guy” — FOX — 3.8 Million Viewers

(Fox)

20. A Rerun Of “American Dad” — FOX — 3.338 Million Viewers

(Fox)

21. “Adele Live In London” — NBC — 6.2 Million Viewers

(NBC)

22. A Rerun Of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” — ABC — 4.8 Million Viewers

(ABC)

23. “60 Minutes” — CBS — 9.6 Million Viewers

(CBS)

24. A Rerun Of “The Big Bang Theory” — CBS — 8.79 Million Viewers

(CBS)

25. “Duets” — ABC — 5.92 Million Viewers

(ABC)

26. “Touch” — FOX — 4.58 Million Viewers

(FOX)

27. A Rerun Of “Rules Of Engagement” — CBS — 6.43 Million Viewers

(CBS)

28. A Rerun Of “Person Of Interest” — CBS — 7.43 Million Viewers

(CBS)

29. “America’s Got Talent” — NBC — 11.51 Million Viewers

(NBC)

30. A Rerun Of “America’s Got Talent” — NBC — 7.43 Million Viewers

(NBC)

31. Another Rerun Of “America’s Got Talent” — NBC — 3.90 Million Viewers

(NBC)

32. “Rookie Blue” — ABC — 5.65 Million Viewers

(ABC)

33. A Rerun Of “The Mentalist” — CBS — 7.27 Million Viewers

(CBS)

34. A Rerun Of “NCIS” — CBS — 10.25 Million Viewers

(CBS)

35. “Cougar Town” — ABC — 3.42 Million Viewers

(ABC)

36. A Rerun Of “NCIS: Los Angeles” — CBS — 6.80 Million Viewers

(CBS)

37. A Rerun Of “Grimm” — NBC — 3.48 Million Viewers

(NBC)

38. “48 Hours: Mystery” — CBS — 5.98 Million Viewers

(CBS)

39. “The Bachelorette” — ABC — 5.79 Million Viewers

(ABC)

40. A Rerun Of “How I Met Your Mother” — CBS — 3.74 Million Viewers

(CBS)

41. A Rerun Of “2 Broke Girls” — CBS — 4.18 Million Viewers

(CBS)

42. “American Ninja Warrior” — NBC — 5.79 Million Viewers

(NBC)

43. A Rerun Of “Two And A Half Men” — CBS — 5.89 Million Viewers

(CBS)

44. A Rerun Of “Mike & Molly” — CBS — 5.42 Million Viewers

(CBS)

45. A Rerun Of “Hawaii Five-O” — CBS — 5.52 Million Viewers

(CBS)

46. A Rerun Of “Castle” — ABC — 4.15 Million Viewers

(ABC)

Cable

47. Part One Of “Hatfields & McCoys” — History — 13.87 Million Viewers

(The History Channel)

48. Part Two Of “Hatfields & McCoys” — History — 13.13 Million Viewers

(The History Channel)

49. Part Three Of “Hatfields & McCoys” — History — 14.29 Million Viewers

(The History Channel)

50. Game 1 Of The Eastern Conference Finals — ESPN — 8.99 Million Viewers

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51. “Pawn Stars” — History — 6.70 Million Viewers

(The History Channel)

52. “WWE Raw” — USA — 3.91 Million Viewers

(WWE)

53. Game 2 Of The Western Conference Finals — TNT — 7.30 Million Viewers

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54. “Inside The NBA” — TNT — 2.95 Million Viewers

(TNT)

55. “Deadliest Catch” — Discovery — 2.99 Million Viewers

(Discovery Channel)

56. A Rerun Of “The Big Bang Theory” — TBS — 2.96 Million Viewers

(CBS)

57. Another Rerun Of “The Big Bang Theory” — TBS — 3.10 Million Viewers

(CBS)

58. Another Rerun Of “The Big Bang Theory” — TBS — 2.91 Million Viewers

(CBS)

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