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Stanley Cup Final Game 7 Is Most Watched NHL Game In 38 Years

Stanley Cup Final Game 7 Is Most Watched NHL Game In 38 Years

Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, to claim their first championship since 1972, was watched by 8.54 million people, making it the most-watched NHL game in 38 years, according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company. The viewership is up three percent from last year's deciding Game 6 overtime thriller between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers and up seven percent compared to the most recent Game 7 in 2009 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

NBC Sports Group surrounded the Stanley Cup with pre- and postgame coverage on VERSUS, regional coverage on Comcast SportsNet New England and robust digital coverage on the integrated NBCSports.com.

Last night's Game 7 drew 8.54 million viewers (8-11:06 p.m. ET), the most for an NHL game in 38 years (5/10/73, Montreal-Chicago, 9.4 million on NBC) and the fourth most-watched Stanley Cup game ever.

Last night's game was up three percent from last year's deciding Game 6 overtime thriller (Chicago-Philadelphia, 8.28 million) and up seven percent from the 2009 Stanley Cup Game 7 (Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7.99 million).

The 8.54 million viewers makes last night's game the most-watched Game 7 in 40 years (5/18/71, Montreal-Chicago, 12.4 million on CBS).

Stanley Cup Final Game 7 powers NBC to win the night in primetime among viewers, household rating, Adults 18-49 and all key male demos

Game 7 posted a national household rating of 4.8 and an 8 share, making it the highest-rated NHL game 37 years (5/19/74, Boston-Philadelphia, 7.6/27 on NBC), two percent higher than last year's deciding Game 6 (Chicago-Philadelphia, 4.7/6) and 12 percent higher than the 2009 Stanley Cup Game 7 (Pittsburgh-Detroit, 4.3/8).

MOST-WATCHED STANLEY CUP GAMES (1966-2011):

1. 5/18/71, Montreal-Chicago - Game 7, 12.41 million, CBS
2. 5/11/72, Boston-NY Rangers - Game 6, 10.93 million, CBS
3. 5/10/73, Montreal-Chicago - Game 6, 9.41 million, NBC
4. 6/15/11, Boston-Vancouver - Game 7, 8.54 million, NBC (Last Night's Game)
5. 4/30/72, NY Rangers-Boston - Game 1, 8.51 million, CBS
6. 5/12/74, Boston-Philadelphia - Game 3, 8.30 million, NBC
7. 6/9/10, Chicago-Philadelphia - Game 6, 8.28 million, NBC
8. 5/7/72, Boston-NY Rangers - Game 4, 8.26 million, CBS
9. 6/12/09, Pittsburgh-Detroit - Game 7, 7.99 million, NBC
10. 5/19/74, Boston-Philadelphia - Game 6, 7.85 million, NBC


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