Bell Media announced this week it would be broadcasting twenty-six World Junior Championship games over the next three weeks, including all Team Canada match-ups, the playoffs, and Bronze and Gold Medal games.
The Junior Championship has done well for TSN in recent years with Team Canada’s heartbreaking loss to Team Russia at last year’s championship delivering an average audience of 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the digital specialty channel.
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 making the most-watched program on Canadian television since 2005.
TSN has announced that it will broadcast sixteen games, eleven in high definition (HD), during the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship from Saskatoon and Regina.
The schedule, which begins the day after Christmas, includes: Team Canada’s four round-robin games; six round-robin games not involving Team Canada; quarter-final and semifinal match-ups, and the Bronze and Gold Medal games.