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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Game 3 draws best Versus ratings ever

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NEW YORK -- Game 3 drew the largest TV audience for the Stanley Cup finals on cable in eight years.

The Flyers' 4-3 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on Versus on Wednesday night earned a 3.1 rating and averaged 3.6 million viewers. It was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast in network history.

It drew the most viewers for a Stanley Cup finals since Game 2 of the Carolina-Detroit series in 2002, which averaged almost 3.8 million viewers.

The local numbers were of course really impressive. In Chicago, the game got a 17.7 rating and pulled 1.099 million viewers. In Philly, the rating was 17.4 with 801,000 viewers.

It was "the best ever for a Blackhawks or Flyers game on cable in both cities," according to Versus.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.