2011 Stanley Cup Final And Riot Produces Record CBC Hockey Ratings

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TORONTO – Most Canadians didn’t get the result they wanted, and likely stayed on to view the post-game rioting in downtown Vancouver.

But a record 8.76 million Canadians tuned into the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Wednesday night for game 7 of the Stanley Cup championship round.

The NHL match-up, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to raise the Stanley Cup trophy, peaked at 11.2 million viewers at 9:40 p.m. ET with five minutes left in the 2nd period.

For the Vancouver Canucks, it was downhill from there.

The deciding game 7 reached in all 18.45 million Canadians, or half of the Canadian population, breaking all records for hockey on the public broadcaster.

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