Versus skated before its biggest audience ever with its coverage of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night.
Comcast's national sports service posted a 3.1 national rating for its presentation of the Philadelphia Flyers' overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks, translating into an average of 3.6 million watchers, according to Nielsen data.
The June 2 telecast surpassed the network's telecast of Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, which posted a 2.8 national rating and 3.45 million watchers. It was the most-watched final on cable since 2002, according to Versus officials.
Peaking at a 4.3 rating and 5.05 million watchers in the 10:30 p.m. quarter hour, Game 3 -- in which Philly narrowed Chicago's advantage to one -- made Versus the most-watched cable network in the country last night among total viewers, and with males 18 to 34, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.
Locally, Versus gloved a 17.7 rating and averaged 1.09 million viewers in Chicago and a 17.4 and 801,000 watchers in the Philadelphia DMA. The local market ratings -- the best ever for a Blackhawks or Flyers game on cable in both cities-- pushed Versus to the top of the ratings heap in both broadcast and cable for the night in those markets.