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Habs-Bruins continues strong run of Wednesday Rivalry Night ratings

Mar 28, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens completed a wild comeback against the Boston Bruins to win 6-5 (SO) on Wednesday night … and they apparently did so in front of a captivated audience.

NBC’s press release reveals that yesterday’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” match brought in 773K viewers and a household rating of .48, making it the sixth-most watched regular season game in NBC Sports Network history.

Perhaps most interestingly, the historic Canadiens-Bruins rivalry’s NBC SN matches have generated the three highest ratings for cable-televised regular season games featuring a Canadian team since 2000:

March 3: 813K
March 27: 773K
Feb. 26: 771

March 3’s match is the only game that produced a higher rating household in Boston (9.26) than last night’s 8.51 mark. That made it the highest rated network in Boston overall during that time (7:30 – 10:45 p.m. ET).

  1. sportsinhd - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I realize as a hockey fan I’m not supposed to be happy with “less” hockey, but the strike shortened season has really upped the ante on each and every game played. Last night’s Boston crowd made the game feel like the seventh tilt in the Eastern Conference Finals. It made for great television, no wonder ratings are up.

    • 8man - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Yep. So right. The value of points from each game is manified. Somewhat akin to the NFL. In all years past, a mere point has kept teams out of the playoffs and that was in in an 82 game season. Now with only 48 games, each period begins to take on added significance.

      Yeah. It had a playoff feel to it. Imagine a playoff series between these two teams.

    • kegmen7 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Agreed- while 48 is still not enough, a drop to 70 games might hit the right spot to keep demand for the supply high….

    • imleftcoast - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      How about a memo to NBC brass that Canadian teams can draw ratings? One Canuck or Jets game is probably going to help your ratings.

  2. elchucko70 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Reblogged this on elchucko70's Blog and commented:
    Great rivalry. Fun games to watch.

  3. elchucko70 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    It was an awesome game!

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