STAMFORD, Conn. - The Detroit Red Wings' victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final opener was the highest-rated and most-watched cable telecast of the championship round in six years in the United States.
The Red Wings' 4-0 win on Saturday night had a 1.8 rating in the U.S. - drawing over 2.3 million viewers. The rating was the highest for an NHL game on Versus, topping the audience that watched the Penguins' Game 2 victory over Philadelphia in this year's Eastern Conference finals.
Only Lance Armstrong's final ride in the 2005 Tour de France had a higher rating in Versus history (2.1).
Versus will show Game 2 of the finals on Monday night before the series shifts to NBC for the remaining games.
The Game 1 rating is a 157 per cent increase over last year's opener and a 100 per cent rise from two years ago.