The Olympic gold-medal game Sunday, in which Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States, was the most-watched hockey game since the U.S. beat Finland for the gold medal in 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" Olympics.
The game drew an average of 27.6 million viewers, according to NBC, which aired the game from Vancouver. That's 10.5 million more than watched the same matchup in the 2002 gold-medal game in Salt Lake City.
NBC said the viewership topped that of the 2010 Grammy Awards, the 2010 Rose Bowl, Game 4 (the most watched) of the 2009 World Series, the 2009 NCAA basketball championship, Game 4 (the most watched) of the 2009 NBA final, the 2010 Daytona 500 and the final day of 2009 Masters golf championship.
In terms of local markets, Pittsburgh was second to Buffalo in viewership. United States goaltender Ryan Miller plays for the Buffalo Sabres.
First Published March 1, 2010 8:15 PM