Stanley Cup Playoffs: Caps/Bruins Game 7 Most-Viewed First Round Game on Cable Since ’00

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The seventh and deciding game between the Capitals and Bruins was not just a hit locally.

Game 7 of the Captials/Bruins Stanley Cup playoff series drew 1.322 million viewers on NBC Sports Network Wednesday night, up 43% from Canadiens/Bruins Game 7 last year (926K), and the most-viewed first round game on cable since 2000 (SJ/STL G7: 1.51M, ESPN).

The game easily outdrew the non-exclusive Angels/Rays Major League Baseball game on ESPN2 (534K), but finished behind the Clippers/Knicks (2.046M) and Spurs/Suns (1.651M) NBA games on ESPN.

As with all first round NHL telecasts on cable, the NBC Sports Network telecast was blacked out in both home markets. Locally, the game drew a 19.6 on NESN in Boston and an 8.0 on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Washington.

Through Wednesday, NBC Sports Network averaged 729,000 viewers for Stanley Cup playoff coverage, up 14% from last year (642K).

(Wednesday’s numbers from NBC Sports Network press release via Fang’s Bites, with additional information from The Futon Critic)

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