Game 1 of Cup final attracts more than three million viewers to CBC

TORONTO – More than three million viewers tuned into CBC for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

The average audience of 3.164 million for Saturday’s Chicago-Philadelphia game was up from 1.7 million viewers for Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Detroit in 2009.

But comparing the numbers is difficult because a new audience-measuring system that has seen sports ratings skyrocket was introduced in September.

Ratings in the U.S. were also up.

NBC’s broadcast of Chicago’s 6-5 home win garnered a 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share, the best numbers since 1999 when Buffalo and Dallas produced a rating of 3.7 on Fox.

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The U.S. rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time.

Saturday night’s rating was 12 per cent higher than last year’s opener between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

The rating for Blackhawks-Flyers Game 1 is the highest overnight number for an opener played on a Saturday since Detroit-Philadelphia drew a 5.1 in 1997 on Fox. Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed at 13.2 rating and a 25 share.