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Game 2 was most-watched NHL game in NBC Sports Network history

Jun 17, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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This just in from the fine folks at NBC Sports PR:

Saturday night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 averaged 3.964 million viewers on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), making it the most-watched NHL game in the network’s history (since 2006), the most-watched Game 2 on cable in 16 years, and the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable in 11 years, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company.

The game (8:30-11:34 p.m. ET), in which the Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime, delivered a 2.0 household rating and 3.964 million viewers, surpassing Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between Philadelphia and Chicago (3.6 million) on NBCSN.

Tonight’s Game 3 is also on NBC Sports Network, with the rest of the series on NBC.

Related: A lot of people watched Game 1 on TV

  1. adambballn - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    And it should have been on NBC rather than re-runs of Chicago Fire.

    • pudgalvin - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Well, some markets got Law and Order reruns. Well done NBC.

    • polegojim - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Yes, Patrick Kane told me the same… since he was a spectator for most of that game… with his whopping 2 SHOTS… ok, I give him credit for 1 assist… but sheesh… that aint gonna cut it.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    And people here were predicting the death of the NHL because of the lockout. Don’t want to open a can of worms, but GB and his law firm knew exactly what they were doing. Not that I admire the commish, but just saying they knew what the hell they were doing.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      90% of these ratings are attributable to having an Original Six matchup. The other 10% is that it’s two teams that play hockey. I love hockey, but I can’t watch the LA Kings play with a lead.

      In conclusion, GB and his $2m in legal fees are in no way responsible for this. It’s despite him. However, if he doesn’t address the problems with the rinks and the refs, we could lose what we’ve appeared to gain here.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Never did I hint at that GB is responsible for the ratings. What I did was that he and the kick a$$ law firm had enough data at their disposal indicting hockey would come back strong after the lockout.

    • pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Bettman and the owners were only about taking money from players and reallocating it to the owners. Do you think any of what they do was good for the sport? They knew what they were doing alright. Hockey is a great sport with an avid fan base that they take advantage of at every turn. As for ratings, they lucked into Bruins-Blackhawks, two compelling recent champions who play in great hockey markets, which also happen to be large tv markets. If this had been LA vs Senators, they would have gotten what they deserved. This is great for fans, and I hope Bettman doesn’t take credit for being any great mastermind. Three work stoppages after three player deals is a disgrace.

  3. imleftcoast - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    On one hand, it’s a shame: Game 3 in 2010 resulted in a one-time, special Vancouver suspension for a slightly late hit that we won’t see again for 15 years. On the other hand, it’s great to have two good teams again, and not have to watch NJ and LA.

    I hate to repeat myself, but putting the games on the main network would be the one thing NBC could do to elevate itself that final notch. The ratings seem to be there, what’s the hold up?

    • pepper2011 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      A) No it didn’t.
      B) if you are referring to the Rome-Horton hit. It was very late. very late.

      • bitlrc - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        if i’m not mistaken (and I don’t think I am since plainly says so in the article) game 3 in 2010 was between the flyers and blackhawks. it would have had to be an extremely late hit for it to have occurred a week or more after the canucks were eliminated.

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Game 3 in 2010 was the Blackhawks vs Flyers, the late hit you are referring to ocurred in game 3 of the 2011 finals. Pretty sure it was that late hit that helped wake up the Bruins.

    • pedroskybb - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      What? Are you kidding – Vancouver special? referring to the late hit. What colored glasses are you watching these games with?

  4. timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Imagine the ratings if it was on NBC, where more fans can actually watch it.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      It’s like Bettman doesn’t want to take advantage of one of the ‘best case scenario’ series outcomes. This should be NBC’s top billing.

      I am starting to dislike the NBA but at least they have the sense to pay all that money for the rights to the sport and put it on their flagship to make the most advertising money.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      He’s taking FULL advantage of it. Schedule early games in the series with no chance of elimination and its captive audience and put it on a fledgling (*cough* OLN and Vs.) enterprise.

      I’m not saying its smart. I’m just saying they’re trying like hell to make that dog hunt.

  5. 8man - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    So far this series has given us all it promised. Tense, tight, roller coaster games and what seems to be a primal interest among the sports community.

    More people watched game 2 because of what happened in game 1. What you think you’ll do for game 3? Now this is what I call reality TV!

  6. stoopidfool - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Collectively, the bruins players are much handsome and pleasing to look at

  7. stoopidfool - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Hawks fans:
    As you can see from the calendar, the game is coming up this weekend. I’m sure you are as excited for it as I am, as our cities are rivals and have been for quite some time. Your confidence in your team is high, but rest assured, you will suffer humiliation when the sports team from my area defeats the sports team from your area.

    On numerous occasions, you have expressed the conviction that your area’s sports team will be victorious. I must admit that every time I hear you make this proclamation, I react with both laughter and disbelief. “Ha!” I say to myself with laughter. “What?!” I say to myself in disbelief. How could you believe that your sports team could beat my sports team? It is clear that yours is inferior in every way.

    When the sporting contest begins, the players on your team will be treated as though they are inconsequential. It will be remarkably easy for my team to accumulate more points than yours. There are many reasons for this, starting with the inferior physical attributes of the players representing your area. Strength, speed, and agility are just three of the qualities that the players on the team from your area lack. The players representing my area, on the other hand, have these traits in abundance.

    I would not be a bit surprised if the individuals on the team from your area were sexually attracted to members of their own gender. That is how ineffective they are on the field of battle.

    Underscoring your team’s inferiority is its choice of colors. It is ludicrous to believe that your team’s colors inspire either respect or fear. Instead, they appear to have been chosen by someone who is colorblind or, perhaps, bereft of sight altogether. The colors for my team, on the other hand, are aesthetically pleasing when placed in proximity to one another. They are a superior color combination in every way.

    While we are on the subject of aesthetics, let us compare the respective facilities in which our teams play. While my team’s edifice is blessed with architectural splendor and the most modern of amenities, yours is a thoroughly unpleasant place in which to watch a sporting contest. I know of what I speak, for I once attended a game between our respective teams in your facility. Let’s just say the experience left me wishing that my car was inoperable that day due to mechanical problems, rendering it impossible for me to get to your area to attend the game.

    If you need another reason why the sporting franchise representing my area is superior, look no further than the supporters for the two sides. Not only are the supporters of the team from my region more spirited, but they are also more intelligent and of finer breeding than you and the rest of your ilk. In addition, the female supporters of the team from my area possess more attractive countenances and figures than yours. Some of the women from my side that I have observed could make a living by posing for pictures for major men’s magazines. The women who cheer for your team, I’m afraid, are far too unattractive to do so.

    One of the more pathetic aspects of the team from your area is the fact that only people in your immediate area possess an affinity for it. By means of contrast, the team from my area inspires loyalty and affection in individuals who live in many other geographic locations.

    To illustrate this point, let me tell a brief story: Recently, I was on vacation in an area of the country far away from my own, and I saw many individuals wearing items of clothing that bore the insignia of my team. I approached one such individual and asked him if he originated from my area. He said no, explaining that he simply liked the team from my area and had for many years. Interestingly enough, during this trip, I saw no clothing or other paraphernalia bearing the insignia of your team.

    Do you still doubt that the team from your area is inferior to the one from mine? Just look at our teams’ respective histories. In the past, we have defeated you on any number of occasions. Granted, there were times when your team beat my team, but those were lucky flukes.

    The day of the game will soon be at hand. And no matter how hard you pray to a higher power or how many foam accoutrements you wear in support of the team from your area, your team will be defeated. We will win and you will lose. This is your fate.

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