The Kings clinched their second Stanley Cup in three years Friday night, eliminating the Rangers in five games.
In the same number of games, the Spurs wiped out the Heat — Sunday’s Game 5 was surprisingly lacking in suspense — to win their fifth championship of the Tim Duncan era.
It’s — let’s see — June 16, and the winter sports seasons are officially over.
All that’s left is to check the ratings and determine those winners.
Let’s start with the season that ended sooner:
NBC Sports Group televised a record 93 games this postseason — in other words, every playoff game was televised nationally.
The result, according to NBC via information provided by Nielsen: The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs were the second-most watched since 2006, the year NBC and what is now NBC Sports Network regained exclusive playoff coverage, and the fourth-most-watched on record (or since 1994). NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average a 0.87 household rating and 1.445 million viewers.
The top three: 1996 (1.564 million on Fox/ESPN), 1997 (1.523 million on Fox/ESPN), and 2013 (1.471 million, which featured the Bruins and Blackhawks).
The Rangers-Kings final was the fifth in the past 20 years to average more than five million viewers, delivering a 3.01 household rating and averaging 5.001 million viewers. The decisive Game 5, a 3-2 Kings victory in double overtime, brought a 3.7 household rating and an average of 6 million viewers for NBC.
Boston drew the fourth-highest rating for Game 5 (6.3), trailing Los Angeles (12.4), New York (10.4), Buffalo (9.2).
Last year’s Bruins-Blackhawks matchup, which went six games, remains the most-watched Final series, averaging 5.753 million viewers.
The Spurs-Heat sequel drew better numbers for ABC than did the original.
The 2014 NBA Finals averaged 15.52 million viewers and earned a 9.3 household rating. That is up from the 15.12/9.1 the first five games of last year’s series drew.
Game 5 was up 10 percent from a year ago, with 17.88 million viewers. Viewership peaked at 22.4 million in the game’s final half-hour despite a relatively easy win for the Spurs.
The game earned a 10.3 rating for ABC. Last year’s Game 5 had 9.5 rating.