Buffalo Sabres fans remain strong supporters of the NHL Winter Classic even six years after their team hosted the New Year's Day game.
NBC recorded a 2.9 rating for this week's outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. That tied the 2009 classic between the Wings and Chicago Blackhawks for the highest-rated classic in the game's six-year history. That number would have been higher, but Canadian viewers aren't accounted for so Leafs fans weren't included.
Detroit was the highest-metered individual market, with 18 percent of the market's TV sets tuned into the game. The Buffalo market came in second, with 7.2 percent of Buffalo-area TVs tuned. Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Chicago rounded out the top five.
The 2008 classic featuring the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins drew a 2.6 national rating in 2008.
Buffalo is traditionally the top-rated marketed among non-participating markets for national hockey broadcasts.
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