Game seven of NBC's "NHL Stanley Cup Finals" did its job as the top-rated show of Wednesday night. It earned high marks versus the final game of the event over the last two years.
NBC took a 3.2 rating/9 share among 18-49 viewers (and 8.05 million total viewers) for the Boston Bruins victory over the Vancouver Canucks, according to Nielsen. This was up over 7% versus game seven of the 2009 NHL finals event.
Final ratings almost always rise for prime-time sporting events over preliminary numbers. A year ago, final ratings for the sixth game of the NHL event pulled a 3.2/10 among 18-49 viewers and 8.3 million total viewers.
The second-best-rated show of the night, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" took an expected hit, but was down slightly -- 7% -- from a week ago to 2.6/8. A year ago when "Dance" and the last game of the "Stanley Cup" aired, hockey scored a 3.2 rating versus a 3.0 "Dance" number among 18-49 viewers.
The only other new content on the English-language broadcasters last night was an ABC News special "Caught In the Act," which only registered a 1.6 rating/5 share on broadcast last night.
NBC won the night overall, at 3.2/9. Fox was next, at 2.6/8. Last week, the two networks were virtually tied at 2.8. A week ago, NBC's "America's Got Talent," its main program of the night, got to a 3.2 rating.
Other networks, dominated by reruns, were as follows: ABC, a 1.4/4; Univision, a 1.3/4; CBS, a 1.2/4; and CW, a 0.4/1.