By John Vogl
Hockey fans in Buffalo tune in regularly to hockey broadcasts. The tradition continued in a big way Wednesday night.
The Buffalo market ranked fourth in the United States with an 8.5 rating for Game One of the Stanley Cup finals, NBC Sports said today. Buffalo was No. 1 among cities without a rooting interest.
Boston led the way with a 28.1 rating, while Chicago was second at 25.1. Providence, which is home to the Bruins' minor-league affiliate, was third with an 18.5 rating. Milwaukee (6.1) rounded out the top five.
Chicago's 4-3 triple-overtime victory posted a 4.8 overnight rating, which NBC said was up 100 percent from last year and the best in 16 years. Detroit and Philadelphia put up a 5.2 on Fox in 1997.