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Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; More

Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; MorePlenty Of Glory For ‘Gutz’ In The Philippines
E!‘s first international reality series, It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez, has been given an early renewal for Season 2. The trials and tribulations of the Filipino showbiz clan broke ratings records throughout the S1 run, becoming the channel’s most watched program in the Philippines since January 2013. At its peak, it made E! the No. 1 channel in its primetime slot among key demographics. The series also performed well in Malaysia. As in cinema, producing for local audiences can be a lucrative business. NBC Universal’s E! is aiming to build a superstar family reality franchise in Asia with the Gutz. The six-episode series gives viewers unfiltered access to the Gutierrez family, which includes former beauty queen Ruffa; her twin brothers, actor Richard and fashionista Raymond; and their parents, veteran screen star Eddie and political aspirant/talent manager Annabelle. The season finale of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez airs July 6. Here’s a trailer:

‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy On Mediaset Canale 5
rising starRising Star has found a broadcast home in Italy. The Keshet International format will be produced for Mediaset Canale 5 by Sony Pictures Television’s local shingle, Toro Produzioni. Eight episodes have been commissioned to air during the 2015 season. Rising Star has sold to over 25 international markets. Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. are currently on air. A second season is planned at … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For Fox

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 9:55am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For FoxFox finished first among broadcasters Monday night in both the demo (1.6/5) and total viewers (5.38 million), as well as teens and all adult male demos. Fueling that win: MasterChef (1.8/6, 5.09 million viewers) — the night’s biggest demo broadcast performer  –  and 24: Live Another Day (1.5/4, 5.66 million viewers). It was Fox’s fourth consecutive Monday demo win. MasterChef climbed 20% from last week’s fast nationals in the demo (1.5/5), while 24:LAD slid a tenth, week to week.

ABC slid in second for the night (1.4/4, 5.2 million viewers), with 8-10 PM’s The Bachelorette finishing first in primetime among total viewers (6.1 million) for a third consecutive two-hour telecast and topping all broadcasters with adults 18-34. The Bachelorette improved on its year-ago telecast by 11% in viewers (5.5 million), and was the night’s No. 1-ranked broadcast show for the night in all key female demos and among adults 18-34. Read More »

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Reality Check: Gordon Ramsay On ‘MasterChef Junior’, His Gentler Side & Taking Nothing For Granted

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 2:31pm PDT

Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television. 

Grand Tasting At Vegas Uncork'd By Bon AppetitThe title “hardest working man in show biz” is a hotly contested one but certainly Gordon Ramsay has his name in the mix. With a mini-empire on Fox, the chef is no wallflower in either his opinions or his work ethic with five shows on the network. The most recent Stateside offering of the Order of the British Empire recipient is MasterChef Junior, which debuted in September last year with Ramsay will again be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot joining Ramsay judging would-be chefs between the ages 8-13.  Produced by Shine America and Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato, the series served up strong ratings in its Friday slot and has been renewed for both a second and third season. Shooting in Spain for the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay reflected on the other side of him that MasterChef Junior revealed, how to stay at the top of your game and the need to refresh.

DEADLINE: Gordon, you’re a big picture guy, what’s the state of unscripted TV today?
GORDON RAMSAY: The state of unscripted television right now is edgy.  It’s compulsive viewing. I think it is about jeopardy in unscripted drama, which is something that a lot of producers fail to spot.  For me, the essence of Reality TV is all about drama.   So, I think bringing pressure is healthy whether it’s a professional chef or a domestic chef. Because the only way ever to really identify the true purpose of how good they are is submerging them under pressure.  So I say it’s no different than a live football game because it’s about the intensity.

Related: Fox Orders Season 3 of ‘MasterChef Junior’ Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s Returning ‘Mistresses’ Shows Up Flat In Demo But Sports Viewer Bump

ROCHELLE AYTES, ALYSSA MILANO, YUNJIN KIM, JES MACALLANABC’s sudsy Mistresses returned last night at 10 PM to tie CBS’ 48 Hours (1.2/4). Its second-season opener was its most-watched telecast yet, rising 2% (100,000 viewers over its first-season launch, 4.5 million vs. 4.4 million) while holding even in the demo. (ABC noted that during the show’s first season, Mistresses jumped 50% from its initially reported Live+Same Day number to its final Live+7 adults 18-49 rating, making it the second-biggest gainer for any summer broadcast series in 2013, behind only the network’s Rookie Blue.)

Earlier in the night, ABC’s The Bachelorette predictably rose sharply from its Sunday special – 21% in the demo and 30% in viewers. Bachelorette was up by 14% in total viewers over its year-ago telecast, and held even in the demo.

NBC’s 9-11 PM American Ninja Warrior spiked 19% week-to-week, from a 1.6 to a 1.9/6, to rank No. 1 for the night; among the shows it edged out were Fox’s 24: Live Another Day (1.8/6). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Down In Return

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MasterChef-5-26-14Jack Bauer…a ninja warrior? Fox’s 24: Live Another Day took on a new 9 PM competitor last night, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, with the two shows tying to top a typically slow Memorial Day. Every original was down last night, including the two season premieres, Ninja Warrior from 9-10 PM (1.5 in adults 18-49, down 12% from last summer’s debut on July 1) and Fox’s MasterChef from 8-9 PM (1.4). The Gordon Ramsay cooking competition was down 33% from the 8-9 PM premiere episode last year when MasterChef launched on the final Wednesday of the season with two back-t0-back episodes. Fox originally had the reality series again returning just before the end of the season last Monday but pushed the premiere by a week to give 24: Live Another Day another week of Bones lead-in. Vs. the season finale of Bones last week, MasterChef was down 13%. 24 (1.5) was down 12% to a new low. Fox still won the night in 18-49. Also hitting series lows were the two other originals last night, ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.4, down 30% from last week’s season premiere) and CBS’ Friends With Better Lives (1.4, down 13%). The CW continues to be a movie network early in the summer, with a thematic entry last night, Memorial Day (0.3).

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Fox Pushes ‘MasterChef’ Premiere By Week

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 7:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BonesFox is saving an extra original of Bones to run with 24: Live Another Day. In the most recent summer schedule announced last month, veteran Bones was to air its penultimate episode of Season 9 on April 28, leading to the second season finale of The Following. After a week-long break for the two-hour debut of 24: Live Another Day, Bones was slated to air its season finale on May 12, followed by the time slot premiere of 24, with MasterChef taking over the Monday 8 PM slot the following week. Now, Bones will air a repeat on April 28, the night of The Following finale, with the last two episodes for the season paired with the first two regular-slot episodes of the 24 event series on May 12 and May 19. Season 5 MasterChef will debut on May 26.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Hits Series Low With Season 3 Debut, ‘MasterChef’ Finale Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Falls

It was a night of beginnings and endings on Fox on Wednesday. First off, The X Factor (2.1/7) was back for a third season at 8 PM. With an “everything’s good brother” and “that’s the easiest ‘Yes’ I’ve ever given in my life” from Simon Cowell, the show saw returning judge Demi Lovato, new additions Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland and a first round of auditions in LA. Hitting a series low and beaten by CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/7) in the time slot, X Factor’s first one-hour premiere also saw the show down 22% in fast nationals from the comparable hour from last year’s September 12, 2012 premiere. The previous low was a 2.3 on November 8, 2012. In comparing premiere to premiere, the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s two-hour debut drew a 2.7/9 in fast nationals, which went up to a 2.9/9 in the final numbers. (Overall, the 8-10 PM start of the second cycle got a 3.3/10 in fast nationals and went up to a 3.4/10 in the finals.) Also, unlike last year, when X Factor matched up against the third episode of Season 3 of The Voice in the 8 PM slot, Season 3 of the Fox show had the much weaker The Million Second Quiz as its competition on NBC. X Factor was down 17% in viewers to 6.2 million from a year ago. Still with a 2.2/7 rating, Fox was No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 6.177 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season Low But Fox Wins Night, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Big Brother’ Rise, ‘The Lookout’ Finale Up Big

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

Things got very hot in the kitchen last night on MasterChef (2.0/6) as the last four contestants were sliced to the final two. Not sure if it was “The most. Explosive. Episode in history” as Gordon Ramsay’s voice-over promised, but for wannabe winners Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac it must have been a nail-biter as they head toward next week’s Season 4 finale. The two-hour MasterChef dropped 13 from its August 28 show, a season low for the fourth cycle’s two-hour block. Even so, Fox took the top spot in adults 18-49 on Wednesday with a 2.0/6 rating. That marks the 13th of the past 16 Wednesdays that Fox has won the demo with MasterChef this summer. On the viewership side, NBC was No. 1 with 6.519 million watching. NBC came in second in the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating, while CBS took No. 2 among viewers with 5.681 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night With ‘MasterChef’, ‘Big Brother’ Dips, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up Slightly

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

Last night’s double shot of Fox’s MasterChef saw judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot bring their kids on-air as well as a long-ago filmed cameo by the disgraced Paula Deen rear its head. Even with last week, the 9 PM MasterChef (2.4/7) was again the top show of the night in adults 18-49. As things heated up with the final four heading toward the September 11 season finale, the show was also up 13% in viewers to 6.3 million. Back after a month and a half, the 8 PM MasterChef (2.0/7) slipped 9% from its previous original July 10 but stayed about even with its last viewership numbers with 5.3 million watching. Pulling in a 2.2/7, the two-hour MasterChef block was down 4% overall from its last airing July 10, which scored a 2.3/7. However, with that 2.2/7, Fox won the night in the key demo while NBC was tops in viewers with an audience of 6.402 million. NBC finished a far second in adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 while Fox was No. 2 in viewers with 5.820 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ Wins Demo Race For 11th Time In 13 Weeks

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

Fox’s MasterChef again took Wednesday night in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos among English-language broadcasters. Fox has ranked tops in 18-49 on 11 of the past 13 Wednesdays, since MasterChef debuted. But NBC won Wednesday in total viewers with America’s Got Talent. Versus same night last year, Talent originals are up 7% in total viewers — 9.2 million compared to 8.6 million last year — but down a tick in the demo year to year, which is typical of an aging competition series. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Masterchef’ Whips Up Ratings Win For Fox

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

Fox’s Masterchef Wednesday finished first in the demo (1.6 rating), while America’s Got Talent put NBC in the front seat with overall viewers (6.3 million). At 8 PM, CBS’s Big Brother led the pack in the demo (2.0 rating) and viewers (6.2 million). At 8:30 PM BB hung on to its demo lead (1.9 rating) but NBC’s America’s Got Talent rerun took over with viewers of all ages (6.1 million). When BB wrapped for the night on broadcast, Fox’s Masterchef assumed the top spot in the demo (2.1 rating), conceding total viewers to Talent (9 million). Same story at 9:30 PM with slightly different stats: Masterchef 2.3 rating, Talent 9.6 million viewers – making it the night’s most watched program with an average of 9.3 million viewers overall, though it hit a season low in NBC’s key sales demo.

At 10, CBS and NBC tied in the demo (1.1 rating) but CBS’s CSI rerun (6.2 million) outstripped NBC’s Camp (4.3 million) overall. That gap widened at 10:30 and CSI also took over in the demo (1.1 rating) when Camp slipped to a 0.9.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Camp’ Up, ‘MasterChef’ Dips

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 8:55am PDT

After the usual recap show (1.5/5) at 8 PM, Wednesday’s live America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) got down to the business of elimination at 9 PM as another round of 12 were cut down to four. With a performance by Jason Derulo and a very bright suit worn by host Nick Cannon, the American Spouses Choir, singer Jonathan Allen, dancer/martial artist Kenichi Ebina and dance troupe Chicago Boyz all made the cut and moved on to this season’s semifinals. AGT itself made the cut too with a 4% rise from its season low July 31 show. As is typical with live shows like last night’s AGT was on the East Coast, expect an adjustment later in the final numbers. The highest-rated and most watched show of the night with 10.03 million viewers, Wednesday’s AGT was up a solid 25% from the comparable results show from last year on July 18, 2012. AGT’s lead-out Camp (1.2/4) also saw a rise. The Australian dramedy was up 9% among adults 18-49 for a three-week high of its own. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.790 million watching. Fox was No. 2 in the demo on Wednesday with a 1.6/5 while CBS was second in viewers with an audience of 5.628 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘MasterChef’ Dips, ‘Big Brother’ Down, ‘Camp’ Rises

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 8:51am PDT

With Hell’s Kitchen having wrapped up its latest season last week, Fox is down to only one Gordon Ramsay show on the air right now. Not that things have simmered much on MasterChef (2.2/7) with Ramsay and fellow judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, with last night’s show slipping a mere 4% from its July 24 airing. The second-highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime among adults 18-49, the 9 PM one-hour MasterChef saw former NFL player Eddie Johnson eliminated as the fourth season of the cooking competition trimmed to six remaining contestants. MasterChef will conclude its Season 4 with a winner September 11.

It was results night on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) again and eight acts saw their dreams of that $1 million prize and Vegas show come to an end. Following a performance recap show, last night’s live AGT saw Robin Thicke and Brad Paisley take the stage at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall and four contestants move on to the semifinals. Even with last week’s fast nationals results, last night’s AGT dipped 4% from the final numbers of its July 23 show to hit a season low. Having said that, last night’s second results show was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show. It was also up 15% from the comparable episode last year on July 11, 2012. As is common with live shows, expect to see an adjustment in the final numbers later today. AGT was followed by a new Camp (1.2/4). The freshman Australian dramedy was dramatically up double digits from last week’s show with a 20% rise in 18-49. NBC won the night in the demo with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.909 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RATE: ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Camp’ Drop, ‘Masterchef’ Inches Up

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After hitting a high note with its first live show Tuesday, NBC’s America’s Got Talent hit a low one with its first live result show last night — as in a season low. The 9-10 PM telecast drew a 2.3/7 in adults 18-49, down 21% from last week but even with the same episode last year. Subsequently, AGT‘s lead-out, summer dramedy Camp (1.1/3), fell 15% from last week. Meanwhile, Fox’s Masterchef (2.3/7) was up a tenth from last Wednesday and led Fox to a nightly win in the 18-49 demo as it only aired two hours of primetime programming, along with a Masterchef recap (1.2/4). NBC also had an AGT recap at 8 PM (1.6/5). CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/8) was flat. Still pretty good to see three broadcast programs post demo ratings over 2 on a summer night. ABC’s The Lookout (0.8/3) was even with last week following comedy repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ESPYS Up, ‘MasterChef’ Slips, ‘Big Brother’ Rises Slightly, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Even

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

On the eve of the Emmy nominations and with the ESPYS over on ESPN, it was relatively quiet on the Big 4 on Wednesday. On ESPN, the Jon Hamm-hosted sports award show was up 19% over last year with a 1.9 overnight rating. With a repeat of the Gordon Ramsay-led reality show kicking off Fox’s night, a one-hour MasterChef (2.1/7) at 9 PM was the network’s sole offering last night. A Mystery Box Challenge win by former NFL player Eddie Jackson shook things up as the show slimmed things down to eight remaining contestants. Tied with Big Brother for being second highest rated show of the night, MasterChef dipped 9% on Wednesday from its July 10 show but stayed steady in viewership with 5.55 million watching.

CBS’s only original of the night was Big Brother (2.1/8). The reality series was also up a 5% notch from last week among adults 18-49 and saw a 6% rise is viewers to 6.31 million. ABC was all encores except for a new Nightline: The Lookout (0.8/2) that was up a tenth form the low it hit last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Camp’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Baking Competition’ Finale Even

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

Having taken a week off for the 4th of July holiday, MasterChef (2.1/7) came back with its kitchen knives sharpened last night. There was a Mexican Freshness Challenge and a guest judge appearance by Eva Longoria joining Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot as the show went head-to-head with America’s Got Talent in its second hour. The Fox cooking competition also saw its contestants trimmed down to the final 9 and its pull among adults 18-49 drop 13% from its June 26 show. However, Fox still won the night among the key demo as NBC took the top spot among overall viewers.

And NBC had a lot of talent on TV last night – by that I mean America’s Got Talent. First there was an AGT encore at 8 PM (1.3/5) and then the first Wednesday edition of this season ran at 9 PM (2.7/8). Up 4% from its July 2 show, not only was the original AGT the top rated and most watched (6.2 million) show of the night but it was NBC’s best result in the slot since November 28, 2012 when the network ran a two-hour Saturday Night Live Christmas special that got a 2.8 in the hour. After that, NBC debuted the Australian dramedy Camp (1.5/5) at 10PM. With a big drop off from it’s AGT lead-in in both the key demo and overall viewers (5.22 million), the soft kick-off … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Ties Season Premiere Low, Fox Wins Night, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Finale Hits Low

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 8:46am PDT

Back with a bigger cast, colorful challenges, new voting twists, that $500,00 grand prize and for a longer season, Big Brother (2.1/7) returned last night for its 15th cycle. The CBS reality show took a hit right out of the gate. Watched by 6.1 million viewers, the veteran Julie Chen-hosted series was down 19% adults 18-49 from its July 12, 2012 season debut. That ties the series’ lowest season premiere ever (the July 13, 2008 season bow also pulled a 2.1/7). The Season 14 premiere had dipped 7% from the previous cycle’s bow but pulled in a four-year premiere viewership high with 7.09 million viewers. The viewership for last night’s debut was the lowest since 2008. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Wins With Stanley Cup, ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Baking’ Flat

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC aired Game 4 of NHL Stanley Cup Final last night, the second game from the championship series to air on the network following the opener. Chicago’s thrilling 6-5 overtime victory over Boston posted a 4.6 household rating. That was up 109% from Game 2 of last year’s Los Angeles-New Jersey Stanley Cup Final, which was the second game of the series to air on NBC. Against last year’s Game 4, which aired on NBC cable sibling Versus (now NBC Sports Network), this year’s ratings were expectedly sharply up, by 171%. NBC is projected to win the night in adults 18-49.

Elsewhere, in cooking competition world, Fox’s two-hour MasterChef (2.1/7) was down 13% from last week but still ranked as the top entertainment program of the night. After a slow start, CBSAmerican Baking Competition has yet to post a drop, logging a 1.2/4 in 18-49, even with last week, and its largest total audience to date (5.8 million). On ABC, burnoff comedies Family Tools (0.9/3, flat) and How To Live With Your Parents (1.0/3, down 17%) matched and hit series lows, respectively. Nightline: The Lookout (1.1/3) was flat.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Hits 16-Year High, ‘American Baking Competition’ Rises

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it was NBC who really scored. Going from 8 PM-1:06 AM ET, the game drew a 4.8 overnight rating, which is up 100% from the 2.4 overnight rating of last year’s Game 1 between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils. Wednesday’s result was also the best overnight rating for an Stanley Cup Final Game 1 since the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in 1997, which drew a 5.2 overnight rating on Fox. Up 140% from the fast nationals 1.0/3 of last year’s Game 1, preliminary ratings have Wednesday’s game between two of the league’s Original Six garnering 2.4/7 among Adults 18-49. The game was watched by 6.42 million viewers overall based on time slots across the country. As is typical with live events like sports, those results will likely be adjusted in the final numbers later today. NBC topped the night among Adults 18-49 with encore heavy CBS No. 1 in total viewers.

Some other numbers from last night’s game in the Windy City: There were 117 shots on goal, and with 52.08 minutes of overtime last night’s barnburner was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever. The Bruins also played in the longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever, on May 15, 1990 against the Edmonton Oilers.

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