TV Ratings: Stanley Cup Improves for NBC, 'Tonight Show' Rises With President Obama

Together, they helped NBC emerge as Thursday night's winner with a 1.4 rating in the key demo and six million total viewers.
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President Barack Obama (left) jokes with Jimmy Fallon.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals helped NBC win Thursday night.

Though the NHL game's early stats are tentative, almost 5 million viewers tuned in to watch the San Jose Sharks' win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It generated a 1.4 rating among adults 18-to-49, up just a tenth of a point from Monday's game (1.3 rating.) 

The night was mostly filled with repeats, including The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Legends of Tomorrow, Life in Pieces, Mom, The Odd Couple and Code Black. Of the only two other original programs that aired on Thursday during primetime, The CW's Beauty and the Beast (0.2 rating) and Fox's American Grit (0.7 rating) held steady week-to-week.

Also on NBC, President Barack Obama's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon nabbed the late-night program's best metered-market ratings — 3.6 household/9 share — since September when Donald Trump was a guest, which also generated a 3.6 rating.

Overall, NBC took the night with a 1.4 rating in the key demo and six million total viewers.