Primetime Ratings: Stanley Cup Opener Gives NBC the Win

NBC took top honors among broadcasters Monday, putting up a 1.6 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 6 share. The NHL Stanley Cup Final aired throughout prime. Last year’s hockey championship opened to a 1.2.

In second was ABC at 1.2/4. Two hours of The Bachelorette scored a 1.5, down 17% from last week’s premiere, before the Still Star-Crossed premiere did a 0.5.

Fox had a 0.9/4. Gotham fell 10% to 0.9, while the Lucifer finale grew 13% to a 0.9.

Airing repeats, CBS had a 0.6/2.

The CW had a 0.2/1, with a repeat of Supergirl followed by the season premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 0.2.

Among Spanish-language networks, Univision did a 0.5/2 and Telemundo a 0.4/2.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.