Blues-Blackhawks Game 3 shatters ratings record

Blackhawks right wing Ben Smith is knocked to the ice by Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold as goalie Ryan Miller guards the net in Game 3.

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ST. LOUIS — Game 3 of the Blues-Blackhawks series was the highest-rated Blues game ever on FOX Sports Midwest, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Monday’s game earned an 11.9 household rating in the St. Louis market. That topped the previous high of 11.0 set April 16, 2012, for a Blues first-round win at San Jose.

Blues-Blackhawks was the most-watched program Monday in St. Louis. Viewership peaked at the end of the game at a 14.7 rating/22 share/184,000 households.

The Blues lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 Wednesday in Chicago. Toyota Blues Live pregame starts at 8 p.m., with puck drop shortly after 8:30 on FOX Sports Midwest.

The Blues’ regular-season ratings on FOX Sports Midwest reached an all-time high this year, averaging a 4.0.

Top-rated Blues games all-time on FOX Sports Midwest

1. April 21, 2014 11.9 at Chicago (First Round, Game 3)
2. April 16, 2012 11.0 at San Jose (First Round, Game 3)
3. April 17, 2014 10.4 vs. Chicago (First Round, Game 1)
4. May 8, 2013 10.0 vs. Los Angeles (First Round, Game 5)
5. May 1, 2001 9.9 vs. Dallas (Second Round, Game 3)


TV ratings for Blues-Blackhawks through Game 3

Game 1 Thursday, April 17 10.4 FOX Sports Midwest
Game 2 Saturday, April 19 11.2 KSDK
Game 3 Monday, April 21 11.9 FOX Sports Midwest