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Lots of TV watchers in Chicago are disappointed

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A lot of people are watching in Chicago.

A lot of them are not very happy.

Perhaps it adds to the pleasure you got from watching the Tampa Bay Lightning take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, but it’s easy to imagine a lot of Blackhawks fans swearing at their television sets as they watched the Lightning’s 3-2 victory.

According to NBC, Chicago had its best-ever local number (24 percent) on NBCSN to fuel a 2.88 national overnight rating. The number is 14 percent better than last year’s Game 3. It’s the second-best rating for a Stanley Cup Final game in the network’s history, behind only Game 3 of the 2013 series between Boston and Chicago.

Now, remember all of those critics from New York who said no one would watch if the Lightning made it? Well, they’re watching. Maybe because Game of Thrones isn’t on.

The Top 5 markets for last night’s Game 3 on NBCSN: Chicago (24.00), Tampa (13.20), Buffalo (4.27), Boston (4.23) and Providence (3.84).

Tampa’s rating was also its best-ever on NBCSN. Although the Blackhawks have been on the network slightly more often than the Lightning.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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