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World Juniors Continue to Rate Well on TSN

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An average of 2.3 million people watched the World Junior Hockey Championship opener between Canada and Finland on Boxing Day. This is down from 2.94 for Canada vs. Russia, which was also an afternoon game, last year. The second and third games this year, against the Czech Republic and Denmark, registered 2.55 and 2.2 million viewers respectively. This compares to 2.2 million and 1.8 million last season, for games against the Czech Republic and Norway.

Here is TSN’s press release, followed by this week’s sports ratings report after the break.

Canadians continue to embrace TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. According to the latest audience data from BBM Canada, TSN’s coverage of Team Canada’s first three preliminary games have attracted an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.
• Dec 26: Canada vs. Finland – 2.3 million viewers
• Dec: 28: Canada vs. Czech Republic – 2.55 million viewers
• Dec: 29: Canada vs. Denmark – 2.0 million viewers

All three games ranked as the most-watched program of the day on Canadian television in all key demographics.

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP continues on New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. ET as Team Canada looks to go 4-0 in the round-robin when they take on Team USA.

Canadian sports television ratings for December 19-23. Thanks to the Remote Control Blog for posting these.

Mon 12/19, LA-TOR, SNO – 891, 000
Mon 12/19, MIN-VAN, SNP – 528, 000
Mon 12/19, DET-EDM, SNW – 218, 000
Tue 12/20, BUF-OTT, TSN – 591, 000
Wed 12/21, MTL-CHI, TSN – 683, 000
Wed 12/21, DET-VAN, TSN – 932, 000
Thu 12/22, DET-CGY, TSN – 432, 000
Friday 12/23, TOR-NYI, TSN – 1.326 million
Friday 12/23, CGY-VAN, SNP – 508, 000

Mon 12/19, PIT-SF, TSN – 541, 000

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Written by canadiansportsmedia

31 December, 2011 at 12:27pm

Posted in Junior Hockey, Ratings

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  1. Even though the game between Canada vs USA has virtually no implications on the next round since Canada advanced to the semi-finals and the USA is relegated to the Relegation Round wouldn’t you assume that out of all the games that this one might be the lowest in ratings or will that “World Junior New Years Tradition” Glow bring viewers to TSN?


    31 December, 2011 at 3:44pm

    • It will be interesting. Its a big win for CBC for sure because some will watch the Leafs game now knowing the Junior game is meaningless. I still think it gets in the 2 million range easily.


      31 December, 2011 at 5:04pm

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  3. I hope Canada loses, so long as the USA doesn’t win. We get cocky when it comes to hockey, we could stand to be taken down a peg or two.

    Charles W

    1 January, 2012 at 11:46pm

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