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Boston hosts Chicago in game 4: Ratings huge for NBC

Tonight it will be BostonhostingChicago in game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins are up 2-1 in the best of seven series.

Thepregameshow NHL Live will air at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the main event, Chicago at Boston, getting underway at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Russ Thaler and Anson Carter will anchor NHL Live from NBC Sports International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., starting at 7 p.m. ET. They will be joined by Jeremy Roenick, whobelive from Boston for thelatestpregameinformation. At 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Live will be live from BostonwithLiam McHugh, taking over the hosting duties. He will be joined by analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

The game broadcast crew will be Mike Doc Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst).

Now lets talk ratings.

This series which Boston leads, 2-1 has been a major successforboth the league as well as the network.

The ratings just keep getting bettereachtime they play.

NBC aired Chicago's epic 4-3 triple overtime win in game 1andit drew 6.4 million viewers giving the network anoverallwin for the night. The NBC Universal group had to be very, very happy with the numbers.

Games 2 and 3 moved over to NBC Sports Network andasexpected NBC got the desired result.

Game 3 had nearly 4.01 million viewers,thesecond highest audience ever on the NBC Sports Network (U.S./Japan Gold Medal Olympic soccer gamehad 4.4 million viewers), and an all-time high forhockey. Boston bested Chicago 2-0.

Thats the most-watched NHL game regular season or otherwise in the networks eight-year history.

Its also the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game, on cable, in 11 years beating the Carolina-Detroit game, which snared 4 million viewers on ESPN.

Game 2 on Saturday did not quite draw the super numbers ofgame3 but the 3.964 million viewers who watched the Bruins 2-1 overtime winwasa welcomesiteto both the network and the league..


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