Who knew? Perhaps everyone expected the fifth game of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators would be one worth watching. But who could have predicted it would be the unbelievably thrilling cliffhanger it was, with the Blackhawks coming from behind to tie the game with mere seconds to go in regulation, and then going on to win in overtime. Great stuff. And NBC, which televised the game nationally, got lucky when it chose to broadcast that game just days before it was played.
The game telecast was a hit for the network in Chicago, where it delivered a 7.7 rating -- making it the No. 1-rated program in the market for the entire day. The Blackhawks-Preds game even beat out a new edition of "Saturday Night Live" later that evening. And it should come as no surprise that the telecast scored the highest ratings of any game in the series to date. Now we can only wait and wonder what tonight's sixth game of the series holds in store!?