Gold medal Olympic men’s hockey game was most watched TV broadcast in Canadian history

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 1, 2010 2:19 pm

Wow! Well, as Canwest News said, it was an epic game that deserved an epic audience…and that it got! The average audience for Sunday’s gold-medal Olympic men’s hockey game between Canada and the United States was 16.6 million viewers. That marks the most-watched TV broadcast in Canadian history. It truly was a great hockey game, with Canada edging out the US in sudden death overtime, 3-2.

Get this. On average, nearly half of the entire Canadian population watched the entire game, while 80% of Canadians watched at least some part of the game.

The Olympics were stupendous for Canadian television, as the closing ceremonies were the second most-watched broadcast ever. 14.3 million Canadian viewers took it in. A total of 24.5 million people watched some part of the ceremony.