LAS VEGAS -- Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the most-watched opener in three seasons and set local ratings records in the home markets of Vegas and Washington.
Across North America on NBC, CBC, SN and TVA Sports, the Golden Knights' 6-4 win against the Capitals averaged 8.395 million viewers, up 7 percent from last season's Game 1 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators.
In Canada, more than 8 million Canadians (1 in 4.5) watched some or all of the game, up 4 percent from last year's Game 1.
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Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is at Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CN, CBC, TVAS).
Las Vegas delivered a 28.1 rating, the highest for a Golden Knights game in the market, surpassing Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Winnipeg Jets (17.9).
With a 16.0 rating in Washington, D.C., Game 1 was the highest-rated Capitals game on the networks of NBC in the market, topping this season's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on NBCSN (12.6).
Game 1 had a total audience delivery (TAD) of 5.279 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, the highest for a Game 1 since 2015 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Lightning (5.586 million) and the third-best since NBC Sports began broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 (Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Blackhawks in 2013 had a TAD of 6.315 million).
Last season's Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Nashville had a TAD of 4.925 million, and Game 1 in 2016 between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks had a TAD of 4.132 million.
Overall, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are the most-watched in 21 years.
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