North American Viewership For Game 1 Hits Nearly 11 Million

NEW YORK/VANCOUVER – June 3, 2011 – The combined Stanley Cup Final Game 1

viewership in North America of 10.9 million (NBC, CBC, RDS) is the best for

a Game 1 on record (since 1994). The Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks Game 1

boasted a 36 percent increase over last year’s Game 1 between the Chicago

Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, which averaged 8 million viewers in

North America.



The game drew 4.6 million viewers on NBC, 5.6 million on CBC and 714,000 on

French-language RDS. The 10.9 million viewers is also the fifth-best

combined viewership total for any Stanley Final Game.






2011 10.9 million


1997 8.9 million


2010 8.0 million


1996 7.8 million


1995 7.1 million






2010 13.4 million Game 6


2009 12.7 million Game 7


2004 11.8 million Game 7


1994 11.5 million Game 7


2011 10.9 million Game 1



6 Responses to North American Viewership For Game 1 Hits Nearly 11 Million

  1. kevin says:

    This is pretty good but they should be able to get the American audience up to 6-7 million regularly. It can be done. Game 7s do 8 million once in a while and the Olympics did 30 million so the viewers are there

  2. Arthur says:

    Not on a Saturday night. Will be interesting to see Game 2 numbers.

    • Chris S says:

      Well I can’t speak for NBC, but I expect CBC’s viewership to be in the 5-6 million range tonight. Don’t forget, Canadian ratings for sports aren’t just people sitting at home, they also measure people watching in restaurants and bars too.

  3. e says:

    The ratings will be hurt by this terrible schedule. There was only 1 game played in the last 7 days.

    • Trent says:

      There was a 5 day break between games played and record ratings resulted for Game 1, destroying the old marks. How does your reasoning of long breaks hurting viewership jive with the record #s and long break for Game 1?

  4. Edward says:

    I would say NHL has done a good job. They didn’t open on a long weekend and haven’t gone up against the NBA. I think their trying to maximize as much as they can. I’m excited to see the ratings. Just hope this series can go 6.

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