Behind the Broadcast Extra: NHL ratings, CFL coverage
A couple of TV notes for you.
-- I was off the grid on Tuesday (took my son and a friend of his to The Great Escape for the day) when NBC announced the numbers for Monday's Game 6 coverage of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Chicago Blackhawks' thrilling Cup-clinching 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins earned NBC a 4.7 rating and was seen by 8.16 million viewers. Those numbers are up 52 percent and 66 percent, respectively, versus last year (3.1 and 4.929 million viewers). The series-clinching contest was the second-most watched Stanley Cup finals Game 6 since 1994, trailing only Chicago's 2010 series-clinching Game 6 against Philadelphia (June 9, 2010, 8.279 million).
-- ESPN announced Wednesday that it will carry 60 CFL games, with 55 of them being shown on the Internet on ESPN3. It starts with a double-header Friday when Hamilton plays Toronto at 7 p.m., followed by B.C. at Calgary at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 will televise five games. Its first broadcast is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when Saskatchewan plays Edmonton.
NBC Sports Network will also televise the CFL. It will have 14 regular-season games, the conference finals and Grey Cup. The first broadcast is 9 p.m. Thursday with the season opener between Montreal and Winnipeg.