The Chicago Blackhawks watch as the Stanley Cup Championship banner is lifted to the rafters during ceremonies before an NHL hockey game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:24PM
The Stanley Cup championship banner wasn’t the only thing that went up during Tuesday’s Capitals-Blackhawks game. The ratings did, too.
The broadcast on NBC Sports Network was seen by an average of 935,000 viewers, making it the most-watched opener on cable on record, according to data available since 1993.
It was the second highest rating for a regular-season game on the network, which began its NHL coverage in 2005.
Chicago scored a 7.32 rating, a record for a regular-season game on the network, which ranked as the top cable channel in the market during the game.
Washington delivered the network’s second-highest rating with a 2.3.