NESN Tallies Third-Highest Bruins' Rating With Saturday's 2OT Win


As the Boston Bruins have rallied to regain home ice advantage in their series against the Montreal Canadiens, NESN has skated to record ratings for its coverage of the club.
NESN's telecast of the Bruins' 2-1 double-ovetime win over Les Habitants on April 23 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series netted a 13.0 household rating in the Boston DMA, the third highest-mark for the RSN ever with the NHL team.
As Boston, which lost the first two games at home to the Canadiens, has mounted its comeback, Game 3 garnered a 10.7 rating on April 18, while Game 4 scored a 10.8 on April 21 to rank as the RSN's fifth- and sixth-highest-rated Bruins telecasts all-time.
In fact, the last three games have all successively set records for non-Game 7 telecasts: NESN averaged a network-NHL-best 14.1 for Game 7 coverage of the Bruins versus Carolina on May 14, 2009; a 13.2 for Game 7 against Philadelphia on May 14, 2010; and an 11.2 for the decisive game against Montreal on April 19, 2009.
On April 25, NESN will deliver an encore presentation of Game 5 in its entirety, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The series continues with Game 6 on April 26 with NESN's regionally exclusive coverage, starting at 6 p.m., with a one-hour edition of Hess Bruins FaceOff LIVE featuring Kathryn Tappen, Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak. The puck drops at 7 p.m. with Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama from the Bell Centre in Montreal.