NEW YORK -- Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on ABC
between Calgary and Tampa Bay drew two of the lowest overnight
ratings since broadcast networks began carrying the NHL finals in
Saturday's Game 3, won by Calgary 3-0, got a 2.2 rating, the
lowest since 1998. Tampa Bay's 1-0 win on Monday got a 2.8, which
tied last year's Game 3 between New Jersey and Anaheim for the
second-lowest since 1998.
The ratings for the first two games on ESPN were anemic, with
Game 1 tying for the lowest-rated finals game on the cable network
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the
United States, covering about 70 percent of the country.