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Boston hosts Chicago in game 4: Ratings huge for NBC

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

?The?pregame?show 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, who?be?live from Boston for the?latest?pregame?information. At 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Live will be live from Boston?with?Liam 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 success?for?both the league as well as the network.

The ratings just keep getting better?each?time they play.

NBC aired Chicago's epic 4-3 triple overtime win in game 1?and?it drew 6.4 million viewers giving the network an?overall?win 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 and?as?expected NBC got the desired result.

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

That?s the most-watched NHL game ? regular season or otherwise ? in the network?s eight-year history.

It?s 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 of?game?3 but the 3.964 million viewers who watched the Bruins 2-1 overtime win?was?a welcome?site?to both the network and the league..


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