TORONTO - The Winter Classic drew a record TV audience for CBC.
CBC says it's the largest audience ever for a non-playoff game and the largest ever recorded for an outdoor game.
The previous record for a non-playoff game was 3.31 million for the season-opener between Montreal and Toronto on Jan. 19, 2013. The previous Winter Classic record was 1.91 million for the 2011 game between Pittsburgh and Washington.
The game, won by Toronto 3-2 in a shootout, drew well in the U.S. too with NBC attracting 4.4 million viewers, making it the second-highest rated Winter Classic behind the 2011 game (4.52 million viewers).
Sports TV ratings have skyrocketed in recent years following the introduction of a new ratings system.
Some 105,491 fans braved snow and cold temperatures at Michigan Stadium to watch the Winter Classic in person.