An average of 2.378 million viewers tuned in to CBC on Wednesday as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 2 of the 2006 final between Carolina and Edmonton attracted an average of 2.189 million viewers.
On Versus in the U.S., Game 2 got a 0.6 cable rating and was watched in just 446,000 homes. That was down 33 per cent from last year's second game, which received a 0.9 cable rating (600,000 homes) on OLN, as the same network was known then. This year's Game 1 was watched in just 523,000 households in the United States.
Through two games, the Stanley Cup final has averaged a 0.7 rating in the U.S., down 22 per cent from last year's 0.9, and households are down 20 per cent, to 485,000 from 606,000 last year.
The remainder of the series will be broadcast by NBC in the U.S., starting with Game 3 at Ottawa on Saturday night.
Overall, the Canadian ratings are down slightly as Games 1 and 2 have averaged 2.493 million viewers, a five per cent dip compared to the first two games last year.
The highest CBC audience for a Stanley Cup final was 4.957 million for Game 7 of the Canucks-Rangers series on June 14, 1994.