I didn’t watch it because I was watching Big Bang Theory and Indiana vs. Wisconsin basketball (you know, an actual sports event), but the NHL All-Star Fantasy draft proved very popular again. The ratings were better than most NHL on TSN and many Hockey Night in Canada games have this season. An average of 1.6 million watched on TSN and RDS. 1.34 million of those viewers watched on TSN. The All-Star Fantasy Draft was the second highest rated show on Canadian TV last night, only behind The Big Bang Theory on CTV.
For comparison, TSN’s ratings were slightly down last year, when an average of 1.5 million tuned in. However, it is worth noting that the broadcast was on a Friday last year. It faced tougher competition on a Thursday, usually regarded as TV’s most competitive night, this year.
Here is TSN’s press release.
While NHL All-Star team captains Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara deliberated over their draft picks last night, hockey fans made TSN and RDS their first picks overall, as overnight data from BBM Canada confirms the MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT hosted by James Duthie delivered an average audience of 1.6 million viewers (TSN: 1.34 million; RDS: 254,000)*.
The 90-minute broadcast on TSN was the #2 program on Canadian television last night for A25-54, A18-49, and A18-34, following THE BIG BANG THEORY on CTV.
TSN’s broadcast of the DRAFT was also watched live on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.
Overall, 3.7 million unique viewers tuned in to watch some or all of the MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT on TSN and RDS. Audience levels peaked at 2.2 million average viewers as Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn was picked second-last in the 19-round DRAFT, making San Jose Sharks’ forward Logan Couture the last man standing on the stage.