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Canadians Watching Hockey In Record Numbers

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

If Canada can’t get past Russia later this week, the consortium can say goodbye to a potential ratings bonanza. Sunday’s game against the United States, a loss that raised blood pressure across the land, was the most-watched sports program in Canadian history.

According to BBM Canada overnight ratings, the game was seen by an average of 10.6 million, more than the 10.3 million who watched the gold medal final on CBC at Salt Lake City in 2002. Sunday’s audience may be dwarfed by the number tuning in for Wednesday’s quarterfinal against Russia, assuming Canada gets past Germany on Tuesday.

Sunday’s average was 2.4 million more than what MSNBC averaged in the U.S. NBC took some heat from the U.S. press for not airing hockey on its main channel. Considering how good the game it was, they’re right.

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