Full Ratings For Games 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on VERSUS, Plus a Finished VERSUS Top 10 For the 2011 Playoffs

Monday, June 6

7:30 p.m. Hockey Central – 185,000 viewers
8:00 p.m. Vancouver vs. Boston, Game 3 – 2,757,000 viewers
10:30 p.m. Hockey Central – 870,000 viewers

Wednesday, June 8

7:30 p.m. Hockey Central – 219,000 viewers
8:00 p.m. Vancouver vs. Boston, Game 4 – 2,714,000 viewers
10:30 p.m. Hockey Central – 875,000 viewers

10 Most-Watched Games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS

Top 10 in Viewers For 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS

1. Vancouver vs. Boston, Game 3 (6/6/11) – 2,757,000 viewers
2. Vancouver vs. Boston, Game 4 (6/8/11) – 2,714,000 viewers
3. Tampa Bay vs. Boston, Game 7 (5/27/11) – 2,551,000 viewers
4. Boston vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/2/11) – 
1,699,000 viewers
5. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, Game 6 (5/25/11) – 1,681,000 viewers
6. Detroit vs. San Jose, Game 5 (5/8/11) – 
1,627,000 viewers
7. Tampa Bay vs. Boston, Game 2 (5/17/11) – 1,562,000 viewers
8. Tampa Bay vs. Boston, Game 1 (5/14/11) – 1,541,000 viewers
9. Tampa Bay vs. Boston, Game 5 (5/23/11) – 1,516,000 viewers
10. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, Game 3 (5/19/11) – 1,405,000 viewers

(Source: Son of the Bronx

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Stanley Cup Final Down 13% From Last Year, About 5K Viewers From Game 3

American coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final remained down from the 2010 series, but are still solid considering that a Canadian team is participating.

Game 4 of the championship series, in which the Bruins tied the best-of-seven at two games apiece, drew 2.71 million viewers on VERSUS. This is down 13% from the comparable match-up last year (PHI/CHI, Game 4 drew 3.1 million) and down about 4,000 viewers from Game 3, which drew 2.75 million viewers on Monday night.

Game 4 was the second most-watched program of the night on cable television, being beaten by CMT’s coverage of the CMT Music Awards (2.89 million viewers). It was also the second most-watched program among Adults 18-49 on cable, scoring a 1.1, and bested only by the season finale of South Park (1.3) on Comedy Central.

Through four games, the 2011 Stanley Cup Final on NBC and VERSUS have averaged 3.4 million viewers. This is down 20% from the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, which had drawn 4.23 million viewers on average through four games. It is also down 17% from the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, which drew an average of 4.05 million viewers through Game 4. However, they’re still solid numbers for a Stanley Cup Final featuring a Canadian team, as VERSUS has produced the two largest audiences for Cup games featuring teams from Canada since 1994.