Past 3 games drew lowest average TV rating

Updated: June 4, 2004, 5:13 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between Calgary and Tampa Bay have the lowest average since broadcast networks began carrying the NHL finals in 1998.

Calgary's 3-2 overtime win on Thursday drew a 2.5 rating, one of the lowest since 1998. The Flames lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Share is the percentage of homes with TVs in use.

The ratings for the first two games on ESPN were anemic, with Game 1 at 1.1 tying for the lowest-rated finals game on the cable network since 1990. Game 2 was only slightly higher at 1.2


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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