On the lowest rated night of the week, the second game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final suffered a substantial decline in overnight ratings.
Game 2 of the Bruins/Canucks series earned a 2.5 overnight rating on NBC Saturday night, down 39% from last year (PHI/CHI G2: 4.1), and down 26% from 2009 (PIT/DET G2: 3.4).
Last year’s Flyers/Blackhawks Game 2 aired on Memorial Day. Penguins/Red Wings Game 2 in 2009 aired on a Sunday night.
The 2.5 overnight also marks a 21% decline from Game 1 of the series on Wednesday night (3.2).
Game 2 drew a 21.9 rating in Boston. Game 2 of last year’s Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals, which aired on a Sunday night, drew a 23.9 in the market.
Providence, RI (11.1), Buffalo (6.6), Hartford (3.8) and Seattle (3.2) rounded out the top five.
(Numbers from Puck the Media)