Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals tied the record for the highest overnight ratings ever for a seventh Cup game and skated to victory over the competition on network television, averaging 8.05 million viewers for NBC.
The Boston Bruins' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks was 14 percent higher than the last Game 7 in 2009. It got a 5.7 overnight rating and 10 share, tying the 2003 Game 7 between Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils.
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The game's total viewership beat the 7.37 million for Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, which pulled in a 2.6 demo rating.
As predicted, the deciding game of the National Hockey League failed to approach the 21.07 million who tuned in for this week's National Basketball Association championship. Nonetheless, it was a solid showing for a sport that has always been a tough sell on TV.
The rest of the schedule consisted of reruns except for an ABC News special that drew 5.13 million viewers at 10/9c. In the same time slot, a repeat of Blue Bloods got 6.63 million.
In the first hour of prime time, an Undercover Boss repeat grabbed 4.59 million people on CBS while back-to-back repeats of ABC's The Middle averaged 4.23 million; in the next hour, a Criminal Minds repeat snared 6.24 million vs. 4.15 million back-to-back reruns of Modern Family on ABC.