Game 3 draws largest U.S. TV audience for Stanley Cup final on cable since 2002

Publish date:

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Stanley Cup final continues to be a TV ratings hit south of the border while the Canadian numbers are consistently surpassing last year's figures.

Game 3 drew the largest TV audience for the Stanley Cup final on U.S. cable in eight years.

The Flyers' 4-3 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on Versus on Wednesday night earned a 3.1 rating and averaged 3.6 million viewers. It was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast in network history.

It drew the most viewers for a Stanley Cup final since Game 2 of the Carolina-Detroit series in 2002, which averaged almost 3.8 million viewers.

In Canada, Game 3 drew 2.960 million CBC viewers. That was up from the 1.807 million viewers for Game 3 a year ago. But comparing those numbers is difficult, because a new audience-measuring system has seen sports ratings skyrocket in Canada since it was introduced in September.

—With files from The Canadian Press



Opportunity Knocks for Leafs' Campbell

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell has won over his teammates and is quickly becoming a fan favourite. But can he win over a starter's role?

Nicholas Robertson (Steven Ellis/The Hockey News)

Maple Leafs Prospect Robertson Hopes to Make an Impact – On and Off the Ice

The skilled winger made a splash during the 2020 playoff bubble. This season he's fine-tuning his game in the hopes of reaching the NHL full time, and in the process becoming one of the league's few Filipino players.


Holtby Latest in Long List of Canucks LGBTQ+ Allies

The new Vancouver goalie got a push to become more socially active: 'My wife has taught me a lot… and kind of broadened my views on a lot of LGBT community issues.'