The winning goal was a dud, but Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers was a winner for CBC. The Stanley Cup finale drew an overnight, estimated 4,077,000 Wednesday night. Nearly a million more watched the game on French language RDS , bringing the two network total to 5,074,000 in early BBM Canada returns. Another 2,787,000 stuck around for CBC`s post game, Cup and Smythe Award presentations.
CTV`s So You Think You Can Dance competed with 1,281,000 at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, with CSI: New York fetching another 1,226,000 at 10.
The Chicago/Philly finale was a big winner for NBC, too. NBC finished first in the demo and in households at 10 p.m. (8.75 million viewers) and 10:30 (9.64 million) according to overnight estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, the game averaged 8.3 million U.S. fans over the entire game.
NBC says the Stanley Cup finale won the best U.S. overnight numbers since the glory days of the Broad Street Bullies in 1974 and was up 21% over the sixth game of last year`s Pittsburgh/Red Wing tilt.