Winter Classic scores in ratings

Updated: January 12, 2009, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Winter Classic drew the biggest television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years.

The Detroit Red Wings' 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day attracted an average of 4.4 million U.S. viewers on NBC, the network said Monday.

That's the most since a Philadelphia-New York Rangers game on Feb. 23, 1975, according to Nielsen Media Research.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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