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CBC’s Playoff Ratings Shatter Previous Records

Playoff Series Rounds, Stanley Cup Final Series and Vancouver-Boston Game 7 All set new network highs. On television and on-line, Canadians watched hockey in record numbers this playoff season on CBC.

On air, ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2011 NHL playoffs has shattered all previous records for post-season audiences.  From the four playoff series, to the Stanley Cup Final, to the Vancouver/Boston Game 7 showdown, this year’s playoff run truly was one for the record books.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA - Stanley Cup Final – Vancouver/Boston*
• Average audience of 6.15 million viewers, up 98% compared to the 2009/10 Stanley Cup Final.
• Marks the highest Stanley Cup Final average since TV metered measurement (originally set by 2004 average of 3.73 million, a difference of 65%).

• Among 25-54 audiences, Stanley Cup Final games on CBC captured an audience of 2.78 million viewers, up 101% compared to 2009/10.
• The Stanley Cup Final on CBC reached just under 23 million Canadians, which translates to about 68% of the total population (two-in-three Canadians).
• The highest game of the Stanley Cup Final on CBC was Game 7 (June 15, 2011) with an audience of 8.7 million and a 25-54 audience of 4.0 million, making it the highest Stanley Cup Final game since TV metered measurement began.
• This game alone reached 18.45 million Canadians 2+.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA – 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs*

• Rounds One-Four on CBC captured an average audience of 2.91 million, up 39% from 2009/10, making it the highest Stanley Cup Playoffs since TV metered measurement began.
• Among 25-54 audiences, Rounds 1-4 captured an audience of 1.33 million, up 41% over the 2009/10.
• Rounds One-Four on CBC have reached a total of 27.2 million Canadians, or 81% of the entire Canadian population.

(Source: BBM Canada, Total Canada, Preliminary Overnights, Ind.2+, 2011)
* Based on metered television audience data only

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statelouis26's avatar

Suprise!  Not really.  Any dimwit could tell you that the ratings for this final would be higher because a friggen Canadian team was in the finals for the 1st time since Edmonton and weren’t Cinderella’s.  Not to mention Vancouver fans are ridiculous in number and ferocity.  What about the NBC’s numbers? Ha, I’d have to bet they actually declined.  This series was boooooorrrrriinnng, which is more resounding coming from a hockey-crazed person such as myself.  Boring teams, boring systems, boring storylines, pathetic announcer (at least for NBC).  Ooogh sedins, pfff.  Ooogghh, 10 foot 10 chara, pfff.  The only watchable aspect was Luongo brownin’ his pants and underdog Tim Thomas from MI playin awesome (and exciting) goaltending.  Fire doc and we’ll see what I’m watching next year.  I watched the NBA finals instead and i hate hate hate basketball with a passion.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/21/11 at 09:22 PM ET

dmackay14's avatar

Ottawa made the final the year after Edmonton did.

Posted by dmackay14 on 06/21/11 at 09:35 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

O yeah i forgot about Ottawa.  I think Anaheim played into that one.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/21/11 at 09:54 PM ET

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