CALGARY, AB – Television coverage of Monday’s Canada vs. USA gold medal game from the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Finland attracted a total national Canadian audience of 1.7 million viewers (2+)*.
The breakdown for the gold medal game is as follows:
Audience levels peaked during TSN’s live coverage on Monday at 1.45 million viewers from 2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. ET during the final 20 minutes of the game. *Source: Nielsen Media Research. All audience figures exclude pre-games.
TSN/RDS is the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada, who annually broadcast over 20 games for Hockey Canada per year, including Team Canada’s men’s and women’s international world championships, as well as the three major Canadian national championships: Royal Bank Cup, Esso Women’s Nationals and the National Midget Hockey Championship.
"We are very pleased with the ratings that this event received and we congratulate our partners TSN and RDS, " said Scott Smith, Hockey Canada’s Vice-president, Business Operations. "We know that TSN and RDS will continue to provide excellent coverage and promotion of all of our upcoming Hockey Canada events, including the World Women’s Championship, Men’s World Championship and our three national domestic events in the spring."
The 2004 World Junior gold medal game on Monday was TSN’s highest rated World Junior televised final held outside North America, and represents an eight per cent increase from the 2002 world junior gold medal game held in the Czech Republic (Russia 5, Canada 4) which attracted 1.2 million viewers.
Television ratings highlights from the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship include:
OTHER TELEVISION RATINGS FOR RECENT HOCKEY CANADA EVENTS:
On , the World Under-17 Challenge gold medal game was aired on TSN on a tape-delayed basis. The final game between Team Pacific and Team Ontario gathered an impressive television rating of 288,000 viewers (2+).
The Spengler Cup, the oldest international event held annually in Davos, Switzerland, saw Canada repeat as gold medalists when they won this year’s event on Dec. 31 by beating the host team 7-4. Rogers Sportsnet carried all of Canada’s games from the Spengler Cup are received the following television ratings (all ratings are 2+):
Dec 26 Canada vs. Krefeld 215,000
Dec 28 Canada vs. Helsinki 124,000
Dec 29 Canada vs. Yaroslavl 142,000
Dec 30 Canada vs. Davos 133,000
Dec 31 Canada vs. Davos – gold medal game 207,000*** (This number includes Live and Repeats)