Well, it's time to revise that.
According to Steve Lepore over at Puck The Media, Wednesday night's Game 3, which ended in a 2-1 triple-overtime win for New York, drew a whopping 1.85 million viewers, 320,000 more than tuned in for Monday's Game 2.
Not only that, but the exclusive national NBC Sports Network broadcast was a smashing success in the local markets, according to Lepore.
Locally, the game scored record ratings in New York, where it drew a 3.99, highest for any NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network, VERSUS or OLN in the market. It was also up 93% from VERSUS' exclusive broadcasts of the Rangers/Penguins series in 2008, the last time New York made it to the semifinals. In Washington DC, the game drew a 6.8, up 6% over the exclusive broadcasts from last year's Lightning/Capitals semifinal series.
Are we seeing a revival of televised hockey on cable TV, nearly 15 years after its ESPN National Hockey Night heyday? We think we are.