Wednesday’s night’s Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup  finals Game 1 received the highest preliminary rating of any Cup finals opener since 1999. The game, which aired on NBC, earned a 3.2 overnight rating and 6 percent share. Ratings are calculated based on the percentage of all households with televisions that have the program on. Shares are calculated based on the percentage of all households with TVs on at the time of the program.
This year’s ratings were 14 percent higher than last year’s Flyers-Blackhawks matchup and the highest since the Sabres-Stars matchup earned a 3.7 rating a dozen years ago. Sports Media Watch also reported  that the Bruins had a 25.5 rating in Boston beating last year’s Game 1 of the NBA finals  between the Celtics  and Lakers that drew a 19.1 rating.