The National Hockey League and National Basketball Association finals are headed to exciting conclusions this week.
June 12 broadcast network NBC will air the seventh and final game of the NHL Stanley Cup championship between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. The game is the first Stanley Cup Game seven to take place since the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in 2011.
NBC is hoping to build on its audience for game six, which drew a Total Audience Delivery of 6.6 million—the most viewed game of the series thus far, according to NBC Sports.
Overall, this year’s NHL Stanley Cup finals are averaging 4.8 million viewers, slightly down from the 4.9 million viewers generated by last year’s five-game Washington Capitals-Las Vegas Golden Knights finals, according to Nielsen.
Broadcast network ABC on Thursday will continue its NBA Finals coverage with Game six between the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are up three games to two, but the Warriors are coming off an emotional win Monday night on the road and will look to even the series at home.
Game five, in which Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant made his first on the court Finals appearance—only to suffer a serious Achilles injury in the first half—drew a 4.4 rating among adults 18-49, the highest rating for the series so far, according to Nielsen.
If the Warriors win Thursday, ABC will air game seven of the NBA Finals live on Sunday from Toronto.
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