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Lightning-Blackhawks Game 3 is third-most watched Stanley Cup Final game ever on NBCSN

by jmaloni

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Wed, Jun 10th 2015 04:15 pm

NBCSN's presentation of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, in which the Lightning defeated the Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead, averaged 3.896 million viewers, making it the third-most watched Stanley Cup Final game ever on NBCSN.

Viewership of Monday night's Game 3 (8:03-11:06 p.m. ET), in which the Lightning came from behind to win with a pair of third-period goals, was up 35 percent compared to Game 3 of last year's Stanley Cup Final between the Kings and Rangers (2.893 million), which the Kings won by a score of 3-0. The only Stanley Cup Final games on NBCSN to surpass Monday night's viewership are games 2 and 3 of the 2013 final featuring the Blackhawks and Bruins.

The game peaked in the final full quarter-hour at 5.262 million viewers from 10:45-11 p.m.

NBCSN ranked as the top cable network across all key demographics in primetime (8-11 p.m.). Overall, NBCSN ranked third among 18-49 and 25-54, behind only NBC and ABC.

Both Chicago and Tampa Bay drew their highest local ratings ever for a game featuring their respective teams on NBCSN. Chicago delivered a 24.0 rating, up 49 percent vs. the average rating in Chicago on NBCSN during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final (16.1). Tampa produced a 13.2 rating, surpassing its 11.9 rating from Game 7 of this year's Eastern Conference Final against the Rangers.

NBCSN was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.

Buffalo placed third with a 4.3 rating.

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