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Watching Hockey Night In Canada

October 8, 2013 – Saturday night’s NHL on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast, making it the most viewed Fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East! Across the country, audiences turned to CBC in record numbers as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four Canadians, watched CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA programming on Saturday night.

“Hockey is clearly more than a game for Canadians, and they’re tuning-in in record numbers to CBC’s coverage of NHL hockey” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services. “Year after year, we up our game, and Canadians are responding in kind with enthusiasm and passion that will be carried all the way through to the end of the season and Stanley Cup finals.”

Ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show the average audience for the Toronto/Ottawa game was more than 2.6 million viewers. Overall, the game reached nearly 8 million Canadians. Audience numbers peaked at 10:14 p.m. ET with more than 4.5 million viewers, just as the Toronto/Ottawa shootout concluded.

Saturday night’s late game featuring the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks saw a substantial 45% increase in numbers over the Saturday night Prime West season opener in the 2011/2012 NHL season.


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Its All Hockey's avatar

I’ve been watching the show for over forty years and living in Canada for 20 of those years, the passion is real!

Posted by Its All Hockey on 10/08/13 at 12:56 PM ET


I don’t think anyone can question the passion for hockey, that exists in Canada.

Posted by timbits on 10/08/13 at 04:01 PM ET


I should be more precise.

I don’t think anyone can question the passion for Canadian hockey, that exists in Canada

Posted by timbits on 10/08/13 at 04:09 PM ET

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