stanley cup ratings 320 TV ratings: Bruins win Stanley Cup, NBC wins ratings WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The deciding game of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals scored for NBC Wednesday, improving on the fast national numbers for last year’s final game and giving the NHL its biggest audience on American TV in a long time.

NBC’s numbers will change some because of the live telecast, but as things stand the network led the night with 8.05 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share in households. FOX (7.4 million, 4.4/7) came in second, a good ways ahead of CBS (5.8 million, 3.8/6). ABC was fourth with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.9/5, while The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/1) trailed.

The Boston Bruins’ victory also delivered among adults 18-49, giving NBC a 3.2 rating for the evening. FOX finished second in the demographic with a 2.6. ABC’s 1.4 beat CBS’ 1.2 for third, and The CW came in at 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “So You Think You Can Dance” (7.15 million viewers, 4.3/8 households)
NBC: Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 (7 million, 4.1/7)
CBS: “Undercover Boss” rerun (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: “The Middle” reruns – two episodes (4.2 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “SYTYCD” and the Stanley Cup finals tied at 2.6 9 p.m. NBC: Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 (8.2 million, 4.7/8)
FOX: “So You Think You Can Dance” (7.6 million, 4.4/7)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: “Modern Family” reruns – two episodes (4.15 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: Stanley Cup Finals (3.3) 10 p.m. NBC: Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 (9 million, 5.1/9)
CBS: “Blue Bloods” rerun (6.6 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: Special – “Caught in the Act” (5.1 million, 3.3/6) 18-49 leader: Stanley Cup Finals (3.6) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable