More than 12 million Canadians tuned into Junior Hockey Final
An astounding 12.3 million viewers – or more than one in three Canadians – tuned in to some part of the IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal hockey game on TSN between Canada and the U.S.A.
Over the course of the entire game, ratings agency BBM Canada reports that an average of 5.3 million Canadians were watching the game at any one time making it the most-watched program on Canadian television since 2005.
Audience levels peaked at 7.5 million viewers in the final minutes of the third period as tournament MVP Jordan Eberle scored for Team Canada and sent the game into overtime.
The gold medal game capped off a very popular Junior tournament which saw record audiences for TSN. The average audience for the six games featuring Team Canada was 3.1 million viewers.
Even non-Team Canada games drew large audiences. The Russia-Switzerland Quarterfinal game had an average audience of more than one-million viewers while the United States-Sweden semifinal game had an audience of 902,000.
Interestingly, four of the top five programs of all time on TSN have been IIHF World Junior games seven of those games registering audiences of more than 3 million viewers.
Top Five Audiences on TSN
- 5.3 Million – 2010 World Juniors Gold Medal Game (Canada. vs. USA)
- 5.1 Million – 2009 Grey Cup (Montreal vs. Saskatchewan)
- 3.7 Million – 2009 World Juniors Gold Medal Game (Canada. vs. Sweden)
- 3.5 Million – 2003 World Juniors Gold Medal Game (Canada. vs. Russia)
- 3.3 Million – 2010 World Juniors (Canada vs. USA – Preliminary Round – New Year’s Eve)
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