Record numbers watch Canada win hockey gold

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium claims that 22 million people – or two thirds of the Canadian population – were watching the Gold medal hockey match when Sidney Crosby scored in overtime.

Audience figures from BBM Canada suggest that an average of 16.6 million Canadians tuned in making the Gold medal game the most-watched television broadcast in Canadian history.

The game captured an 85 Share; meaning 85% of Canadians watching television at the time were watching the gold medal match. Of those 16.6 million viewers, 10.3 million watched on CTV, 2.78 million watched on TSN and 2.52 million watched on V/CPAC and RDS.

The game capped off a series of huge ratings for the Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, which BBM says delivered the Top 5 most-watched television events in recorded history in Canada.

In total, Canadians watched 1.25 billion hours of Vancouver 2010 coverage on television alone, with the average viewer watching 38 hours of content throughout the Games.

The following is a list of the most-watched events in this years Olympics.

Viewers / Event / Date

  1. 16.6 million – Men’s Hockey: CAN/USA – Feb. 28
  2. 14.3 million – Closing Ceremony – Feb. 28
  3. 13.5 million – Opening Ceremony - Feb. 12
  4. 10.6 million – Men’s Hockey: CAN/USA – Feb. 21
  5. 10.5 million – Men’s Hockey:CAN/RUS – Feb. 24
  6. 9.7 million – Men’s Hockey: CAN/SVK – Feb. 26
  7. 7.5 million – Women’s Hockey: CAN/USA -Feb. 25
  8. 7.44 million – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1000m Finals – Feb. 20
  9. 7.4 million – Men’s Hockey: CAN/GER – Feb. 23
  10. 6.9 million – Men’s Curling: CAN/NOR – Feb. 27

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