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Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final breaks Game 2’s ratings record

Jun 19, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: A general view of the ice rink as the Chicago Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins during the first period of Game Three of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

So you might have heard that Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final was the most-watched NHL game in NBCSN’s history.

Well, that record didn’t last long.

Game 3 drew 4.001 million viewers, making it the first NBCSN NHL game to surpass the 4 million mark. Here’s more from NBC Sports PR:

With 4.001 million viewers, Bruins-Blackhawks Game 3 is the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002 (Carolina-Detroit, 6/4, ESPN, 4.015 million). It was up 93% compared to Game 4 last year (the second on NBC Sports Network), which averaged 2.069 million viewers for New Jersey-Los Angeles.

Bruins-Blackhawks Game 3 peaked with 4.887 million viewers from 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET, and delivered NBCSN its best viewership ever among Adults 18-49 (2.047 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.136 million).

Three of the five most-watched NHL games in NBCSN history have occurred this season: last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3 (4.001 million viewers); Saturday night’s Game 2 (3.964 million); and Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals between Chicago and Detroit (3.354 million).

Game 4 will be on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

  1. 8man - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Great teams. Great cities. Great sport. Way to go Chicago and Boston.

    Go Bs!

  2. mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I really think the NHL and NBC need to work together to get every playoff game streaming online, too. I missed Game 3 because of work but could have watched if it was streamed online. As is, the NHL’s web presence blows all other American sports out of the water but it would be nice to see improvements.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Get a slingbox. There’s also more than enough pirate feeds out there that you can stream it online already

      • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:30 AM

        Oh, OK. Nevermind, NBC. Hockeyflow has everything figured out for you.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:50 AM

        No, I’m just not 85 years old so I know how to use technology as positive

      • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:16 AM

        Oh! Yes! That my problem, I’m 85 and use technology negatively. And all this time I’ve been wasting energy wishing NBC provided more high resolution game feeds when really the problem is that I’m 85.

      • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:27 AM

        I’d be very interested to know one or the other pirate feed that also works over here in Europe…

      • bitlrc - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        this got really contentious considering mp came in with a problem and hockeyflow provided two reasonable solutions.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Frenetic- I don’t know if they work in Europe or not, but just google free streaming sports and a zillion sites will show up. They don’t work on tablets or phones (that I know of) so you have to be stapled to your laptop

    • niubears - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      You can stream it at online and with their LiveExtra app.

      • jimthebear - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        I was going to say that.. All games are streamed through I’ve been using it all playoffs long.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        When it’s shown on NBC sports network, it asks for me to log in with my cable provider, which is not listed in their available providers. And the game feed is unavailable.

    • nesuperfan - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      They have been streaming every game online. Go to right before the game, and it is there in big letters, “Watch Live”. I don’t recall even having to register.

      Of course, game 4 will be on NBC proper, but if they have any other games on cable, try what I wrote above.

      P.S. LampyB, below also mentioned that you can also go to and get to the same place I linked to.

      • jimthebear - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Even on NBC proper they are streaming on

    • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Bitlrc- steing isn’t really a solution and assuming I don’t know how to use technology doesn’t help either. If the NBC live extra app works for you all the time, that’s great. It doesn’t work all the time for everyone. NBC and NHL need to get a solution cranked out

      • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        *Stealing isn’t a solution

  3. pastabelly - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    This is a summary of game 1 ratings. Interesting that Tampa market is very good for the NHL and Miami is not. But the other Florida markets are doing very well. The Miami thing may have something to do with the Heat, but who knows? I don’t consider Providence a non-NHL market when they have a team 45 miles away (and that team is in the Finals). Milwaukee is also relatively close to Chicago. Neither Seattle nor KC, two markets associated with expansion or moves registered at all. If the NHL is looking at these numbers at all, they are better off in Quebec or Oklahoma City than they are in Seattle.

    NHL market ratings for Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final

    1. Boston – 29.0
    2. Chicago – 24.2
    3. Buffalo – 7.7
    4. Detroit – 5.4
    t5. Pittsburgh – 5.0
    t5. Minneapolis/St. Paul – 5.0
    7. Columbus – 4.7
    t8. Tampa/St. Petersburg – 4.0
    t8. Phoenix – 4.0
    10. Raleigh/Durham – 3.4
    t11. New York – 3.3
    t11. Denver – 3.3
    13. Washington – 3.0
    14. Philadelphia – 2.8
    t15. Nashville – 2.4
    t15. St. Louis – 2.4
    17. Los Angeles – 2.2
    18. Dallas/Ft. Worth – 1.7
    19. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale – 1.6
    20. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose – 1.0

    Top non-NHL markets for Game 1
    1. Providence/New Bedford – 18.8
    2. Milwaukee – 6.9
    3. Harford/New Haven – 5.8
    4. Ft. Myers/Naples – 5.4
    5. Oklahoma City – 4.5
    6. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce – 4.0
    7. Indianapolis – 4.0
    8. Las Vegas – 3.9
    9. Richmond – 3.5
    10. Knoxville – 3.3

    • leviramsey - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      There’s a lot of retirees from New England and Chicago in the Tampa area.

      A lot of New Englanders retire to Ft. Myers because of the Red Sox spring training… that almost surely accounts for the 5.4 there.

    • spitfisher - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I would almost prefer that the numbers be identified at “New England” market, clearly there are bruins fans in providence as well as Portland Me, There are lot of NBC affiliates through out new England. Although they are the “boston” bruins, I like to think of them as a New England team, much like the New England patriots.

      The same goes for the “Chicago ” black hawks and its surrounding demograghics.

      Lastly I do agree with the newest suburb of Boston……Tampa/Ft Meyers having quiet the viewership.

    • rogersjd16 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      How about Columbus and Phoenix (as well as Tampa) coming in above New York, Denver, Washington, Philly and even St. Louis. Especially New York and Philly, those are really lame efforts there “hockey cities”.

  4. LampyB - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    You don’t know anyone at all with cable? airs all games live for free. Just ask someone to let u login via their comcast credentials or any of the other services that qualify. Its so easy.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Can I log in with your Comcast credentials? Thanks.

  5. nhbsfan - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Ok, couple of things as to their Live Extra app. Look at it’s ratings…on Android at least. It’s horrible and doesn’t run for most people. On the Nexus 10 it won’t even initially start it just throws an error.

    Also, all the people out there with DirecTV are SOL…you either have Comcast or Dish (or some other random weird cable company). If you live in a rural area where you might know someone with cable, you find out that only CERTAIN cable companies are accepted to watch the games.

    They constantly advertise that they are streaming the games online and just get their app and it’s horrible and doesn’t appear to be having any work done to it to improve things.

    So yeah, if you have one of the accepted TV services, and don’t use their app but instead use the website, you might get to watch it. Otherwise, watching NBC’s stream is sort of an exercise in futility…

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