Even knowing how last year turned out, Bruins fans watched in record numbers to see their team take a 3-0 lead over the Flyers for the second straight year.
Wednesday’s Flyers/Bruins Game 3 earned an 11.76 rating on Versus in Boston, the market’s highest local rating ever for an NHL game on the network. The game aired exclusively on Versus.
For some perspective, last year’s three exclusive Flyers/Bruins games on Versus averaged a 7.98 in the market.
The Bruins’ win actually earned a higher rating in Boston than the Celtics’ Game 2 loss to the Heat on TNT one night earlier (11.1). The Celtics/Heat game was exclusive to TNT, which is in significantly more homes than Versus.
The game drew a much less impressive 4.88 rating in Philadelphia. Last year’s three exclusive games on Versus averaged a 4.57 in the market.
(Numbers from Versus)