■First, viewership averaged 2.76 million viewers. That’s down from last year’s cable record of 3.6 million viewers for Philadelphia-Chicago which went into overtime. Again, we take into account one US market and Canadian markets are not measured by the US Nielsen ratings.
■Viewership peaked at 3.52 million viewers in the 9:30 — 10 p.m. ET half hour in the 2nd period.
■Versus says in the 8 — 11 p.m. time period, Versus ranked 3rd among all cable networks in primetime.
■In Boston, Versus saw a 23.37 rating, the highest local rating ever for Versus. And the rating was up 57% from the last time the Bruins were on Versus which was game 7 of this year’s Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.
■And Versus was the top rated network on both cable and network TV in Boston and Providence.
VS got a huge increase in viewers for this game compared to SJ/VAN series ratings numbers.
But the NHL saw a slight decrease in ratings going from Games 1+2 on NBC to Game 3 on VS.