NEW YORK -- The Stanley Cup finals have brought record low
ratings to NBC for a prime-time program, sports or otherwise.
Ottawa's 5-3 victory over Anaheim in Game 3 Saturday night
received a 1.1 national rating and a 2 share, the network said
Tuesday. That matched a rerun of "The West Wing" on July 23,
2005, which also drew a 1.1 rating.
Saturday's rating was down 31 percent from last year's Game 3
between Edmonton and Carolina, which had a 1.6/3.
The national ratings for Monday night's Game 4 declined less
sharply from last year. The Ducks' 3-2 victory received a 1.9/3,
down 5 percent from the 2.0/3 for Game 4 in 2006.
The rating is the percentage watching a telecast among all homes
with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned in to a
broadcast among those households with televisions on at the time. A
ratings point represents 1,114,000 households.