Game 3's 2.2 is broadcast network low

Originally Published: May 28, 2004
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on ABC between Calgary and Tampa Bay drew two of the lowest overnight ratings since broadcast networks began carrying the NHL finals in 1998.

Saturday's Game 3, won by Calgary 3-0, got a 2.2 rating, the lowest since 1998. Tampa Bay's 1-0 win on Monday got a 2.8, which tied last year's Game 3 between New Jersey and Anaheim for the second-lowest since 1998.

The ratings for the first two games on ESPN were anemic, with Game 1 tying for the lowest-rated finals game on the cable network since 1990.

Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering about 70 percent of the country.

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