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TV Ratings: Stanley Cup Finals Open Strong, Though Shy of Recent Records

The Los Angeles Kings' game one win marks a strong improvement in its hometown from its last bid for the championship, though initial ratings are still down from 2013.

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The start of the Stanley Cup Finals pulled the second-biggest overnight ratings for a game one in NBC history -- though, if you're looking year-to-year, the hockey game was down a bit from last year's record-breaking kickoff.

Metered markets give the Los Angeles Kings-New York Rangers showdown a 3.8 rating among households. That's a a drop of more than 20 percent from last year. Still, the game was up considerably from the last time the Kings, Wednesday's overtime winners, had a stake. The 2012 game one featuring the Kings and the New Jersey Devils delivered only a 2.4 rating.

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All initial ratings are subject to change, but as it stands, hockey viewership in Los Angeles was also up. The game took a 7.1 households rating in the nation's biggest market -- the third best ever for a hockey game in the town.

Adjustments will likely paint a slightly tweaked picture, but, as it stands, NBC leads the night with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49.

Elsewhere, So You Think You Can Dance (1.5 adults) held steady with its premiere last week. The night's few other broadcast originals -- ABC's Motive (1.0 adults) and The CW's The 100 (0.6 adults) were also steady.