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Stanley Cup Final Game 7 is most-watched NHL game in 38 years; 8.54M viewers on NBC

Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, to claim their first championship since 1972, was watched by 8.54 million people, making it the most-watched NHL game in 38 years, according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company. The viewership is up three percent from last year’s deciding Game 6 overtime thriller between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers and up seven percent compared to the most recent Game 7 in 2009 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

Also, THR reports that the game averaged 8.76M viewers on CBC in Canada and 1.043M viewers on French language RDS. So the total U.S.-Canada audience was 18.34 million viewers.

The complete NBC press release is included after the jump.

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8.8M watch Preakness Stakes; Up 5% from 2010

The NBC Sports broadcast of the Preakness Stakes, in which Shackleford held off Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom by ½ length, drew 8.8 million viewers, a gain of five percent over last year’s race and the second most-watched Preakness in five years, according to official national data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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