Stanley Cup finals ratings increase

Updated: June 3, 2009, 10:09 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals has earned the series' highest cable television rating since 2002.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Versus on Tuesday night drew a 2.6 rating and averaged 2.96 million viewers.

The network said Wednesday that the rating was up 37 percent from the average for the two games on Versus during last year's series. The channel aired Games 1 and 2 last year; this year it is showing Games 3 and 4 while the first two switched to NBC.

The 2.6 rating was the highest ever on Versus, beating a 2.1 for Lance Armstrong's final ride in 2005 and Game 5 of this year's Detroit-Chicago series.

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