NEW YORK -- Anaheim's 3-2 victory over Ottawa in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals got a 0.72 cable rating on Versus and was watched in 523,000 households in the United States.
The rating was down 18 percent from Carolina's 5-4 victory over Edmonton in last year's opener, which received a 0.88 cable rating (611,000 homes) on OLN, as the same network was known then.
This year's game had a 1.7 cable rating in Los Angeles (95,000 households), Versus' best NHL rating in that market. The game had a 0.7 cable rating in Chicago, 0.6 in Boston and 0.3 in New York but had a 3.9 in Buffalo, 2.2 in Denver and 2.0 in Pittsburgh.
Versus, which is available to 72 million homes, was also slated to televise Game 2 Wednesday night, with the remainder of the series on NBC.