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January 1, 2005
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TSN pulls in 1.1 million viewer average at World Juniors

TORONTO – Team Canada’s 8-1 victory over Finland put TSN’s round robin coverage of the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship into the record books.

Yesterday’s game attracted a national average minute audience of 834,000 viewers, giving TSN a four-game round robin average of 1.1 million viewers*, making it the most-watched round robin in TSN’s 15-year history of televising the annual tournament.  The four game average audience represents a 15 per cent increase over the previous high, the 2003 tournament in Halifax, which averaged 959,000 viewers for the four-game round robin.

Team Canada’s opening game of the World Juniors on Christmas Day attracted a national average minute audience of 1.35 million viewers, making it the 11th most-watched program in TSN history, while Canada’s second and third games each attracted 1.1 million viewers.

TSN’s playoff schedule for the2005 World Junior Hockey Championship is as follows:

  • Saturday, Jan. 1 – 4:30 p.m. ET – Quarter-finals – Czech Republic vs. Finland (encore Jan. 2 at 12:30 a.m. ET)
  • Saturday, Jan. 1 – 8:30 p.m. ET – Quarter-finals – Sweden vs. USA
  • Sunday, Jan. 2 – 4 p.m. ET – Semifinal #1 – Canada vs. Czech Republic/Finland (encore Jan. 3 at 12:30 a.m. ET)
  • Monday, Jan. 3 – 7 p.m. ET – Semifinal #2 – Russia vs. Sweden/USA
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 – 4 p.m. ET – Bronze Medal Game
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 – 7:30 p.m. ET – Gold Medal Game (encore at 12 midnight ET)

TSN has televised the World Juniors since 1991, and the tournament’s appeal as a viewer favourite is evident as the top three most-watched TSN programs of all-time are World Junior broadcasts.  TSN’s coverage of the Gold Medal Game from the 2003 World Juniors in Halifax attracted the largest audience in network history with 3.5 million viewers. 

TSN is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program,SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans from across the country.**  TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also includes the NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and international hockey, the Olympic Games, CFL, NFL, PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors, curling, NASCAR, Formula One, Champ Car and IRL auto racing, Blue Jays baseball, NBA, tennis, soccer, figure skating and amateur sports action. TSN is available in eight million households. TSN's programming and news content is also available on-line at TSN.ca.

*Source: Nielsen Media Research.  All audience figures are 2+ and exclude pre-games. These are preliminary overnight ratings - the finalized ratings will be made available by Nielsen Media Research in 2-3 weeks.


For more information:

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

 

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