2011 Stanley Cup Final And Riot Produces Record CBC Hockey Ratings

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18.45 million Canadians, or around half the population, tuned in to the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" to watch the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks to earn the Stanley Cup trophy.

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.