Canucks, Bruins top own CBC ratings record

The Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins broke CBC's NHL ratings record for the second time in this Stanley Cup final, drawing an average audience of 6.1 million Canadians for Game 5 last Friday night.
The Canucks and their fans celebrated Maxim Lapierre's goal early in the third period, which sent Vancouver to a 1-0 win in Game 5. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins broke Hockey Night in Canada's  NHL ratings record for the second time in this Stanley Cup final, drawing an average audience of 6.1 million Canadians for Game 5 last Friday night.

That's the largest audience ever for an NHL game on CBC, beating the previous mark of 5.6 million set in Game 1.

Game 5, which Vancouver won 1-0 at home to take a 3-2 lead in the series, reached a total of more than 14 million different Canadians, and peaked at 10:53 p.m. ET when 8.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the finish.

The numbers are based on preliminary overnight ratings as calculated by the audience measurement firm BBM Canada.

Vancouver can capture the Stanley Cup with a win in Game 6 in Boston on Monday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

The highest-rated CBC broadcast of all time was the 2002 men's Olympic gold medal hockey game between Canada and the United States, which drew 8.96 million viewers.