Stanley Cup Finals TV Ratings: Game 3 Sees More Low Numbers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: NHL linesman Jonny Murray #95 separates Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils and Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings as Zach Parise #9, Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils and Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings look on during Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals saw double-digit drops from Game 3 last year, but still produced decent numbers for cable.

Game 3 between the Kings and Devils scored 1.74 million viewers, down 37 percent from last year's Game 3 between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins (2.76 million). It was the second most-watched game of the postseason, as the triple-overtime Game 3 in the second-round series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals drew 1.85 million.

Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on NBC both drew 2.9 million. The drop in numbers from broadcast to cable is roughly on par with what higher-rated Stanley Cup finals have seen when moving from NBC to Versus in the past.

The game drew a 4.9 rating in Los Angeles, dropping slightly from Game 2 (5.5) but drawing much better than Game 1 (4.2) which was on NBC broadcast. This is the highest rating NBCSN has ever drawn in LA, and the network was #1 on all of television Monday night during the time period, which is no slouch considering it went face-to-face with hoops and an early Dodgers game. In New York, the game drew a 3.0, a big drop from Game 1's 5.1. Jersey lost the faith fairly quick. NBCSN was #2 on cable (TNT's NBA coverage was #1) in New York for the night.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBCSN remain up 13% from last year, averaging 1.0 million viewers.

Game 4 will again be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, meaning the Stanley Cup could be won on cable for the first time since 1998.

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 3 Ratings on Cable

New Jersey vs. Los Angeles, 2012, NBCSN: 1.74 million
Vancouver vs. Boston, 2011, Versus : 2.76 million
Chicago vs. Philadelphia, 2010, Versus : 3.60 million
Detroit vs. Pittsburgh, 2009, Versus: 2.95 million

Most-Watched Games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Network

  • 1. New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals, Game 3 (May 2, 2012): 1.85 million
  • 2. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (May 12, 2012): 1.68 million
  • 3. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (May 3, 2012): 1.66 million
  • T-4. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (May 7, 2012): 1.65 million
  • T-4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (May 9, 2012): 1.65 million
  • 6. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (May 6, 2012): 1.63 million
  • 7. NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 6 (May 25, 2012): 1.60 million
  • 8. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (April 30, 2012): 1.53 million
  • 9. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (May 23, 2012): 1.43 million
  • 10. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (May 16, 2012): 1.34 million
  • 11. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (April 25, 2012): 1.32 million
  • 12. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (May 8, 2012): 1.31 million
  • 13. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (May 1, 2012): 1.29 million
  • 14. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (May 14, 2012): 1.28 million
  • 15. NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (May 21, 2012): 1.26 million
  • 16. Los Angeles Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes, Game 5 (May 22, 2012): 1.21 million
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