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Forget the Devils: Ramsay & "Hell's Kitchen" Kings of Ratings

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Despite taking over the NBC network airwaves last night, the sixth and final game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals was no match for the might of Fox's culinary programming. More viewers tuned in to see British import Gordon Ramsay berate and/or help burgeoning chefs in two programs than the Canadian import sport of hockey.

Most of us know that the L.A. Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1, but here's the TV versions of a score last night, aka the ratings, courtesy EW: Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 rating/9 share) and Masterchef (2.6/7) on Fox won the night. Meanwhile:

Game 6 between the Kings and the Devils averaged 1.6/7, a 20 percent drop from last year’s Game 6 on June 13. It also was the lowest-rated Game 6 as well as the lowest-rated game-ender for the Stanley Cup since 2006.

One theory is that the Kings had the game in the bag, so fewer people tuned in. But EW neglects to mention timing; here on the west coast, the Kings' win came just minutes before 8 p.m., when "Hell's Kitchen" and its name-calling and scallop-sacrificing humiliation got underway for the night, so it's possible Angelenos who weren't out toasting the win tuned in to the game and some prime time programming.

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