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Stanley Cup playoffs most watched on cable in 17 years

NBC Sports announced Thursday that this season's Stanley Cup playoffs were the most-watched in 17 years on cable TV.

NBCSN and CNBC combined to televise 77 playoff games. It averaged 1.098 million viewers and a 0.66 rating, ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable since 1997 (1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2). This year’s average viewership is up 10 percent from the 2013 cable average of 1.000 million viewers (0.60 rating).

The New York Rangers' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Wednesday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final was seen by an average of 3.383 million viewers on NBCSN and got a 2.0 rating.

The four Cup final games have averaged 4.652 million viewers on NBC/NBCSN, ranking as the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final through four games in 12 years (since 2002, 4.726 million). This year’s series trails only last year's final after four games (2013, 5.341 million). The average rating for the four games this year is a 2.8.

Here are the top-10 markets for Wednesday's game:

Rank Market Rtg
1 New York 8.1
2 Los Angeles 7.3
3 Buffalo 5.1
4 Boston 4.2
5 Philadelphia 4.1
5 Providence 4.1
7 Pittsburgh 3.9
8 Las Vegas 3.6
9 Minneapolis-St. Paul 3.5
T10 Chicago 3.3
T10 Hartford-New Haven 3.3

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