Stanley Cup Final Game 7 TV ratings soar as Florida beats Connor McDavid and Oilers

Game 7 of the epic 2024 Stanley Cup Final lived up to the hype generated by this historic night, and the ratings reflected this historic night. An average audience of 16.3 million viewers watched the game on multiple networks in North America, making Monday’s deciding game the second most-watched NHL game in 20 years.

After a wild series that went from a possible sweep to a potentially historic comeback, the league crowned its fourth champion for the first time in seven years when the host Florida Panthers defeated Connor’s Edmonton Oilers McDavid, 2-1, in the deciding match.

The seven-game finale averaged 8.8 million North American viewers, the most since the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in an Original Six game in 2013. Data on Stanley Cup Final television ratings in North America have been tracked since 2004.

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Monday night’s Game 7 was broadcast on ABC in the United States, streaming on ESPN+, and on CBC, SN and TVA Sports in hockey-mad Canada. And they are crazy to find themselves in the Great White North when an American club has won the Cup for a 30th consecutive season. No Canadian team has won sports’ biggest trophy since the Montreal Canadiens beat Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings in 1993.

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McDavid, the undisputed best player in the world and one of the greatest of all time, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP but failed to cement his legacy with a title of the Cup. His Oilers lost the first three games to the Panthers, but rallied to win the next three and force the 18th Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final history. McDavid was held off the scoresheet in the final two games of the series after scoring four points in each of the previous two games.

As has been the 30-year custom for the Panthers, who entered the NHL in the 1993-94 season, fake rats rained down on the ice at Amerant Bank Arena after the decisive victory. This was the franchise’s third appearance in the Cup Final, following last year’s five-game loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

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