Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Canadian Polar Bears enjoying the fabric of Canadian culture

William Houston reports that the NHL is cherishing exceptional numbers North of the 49.

Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown considerable increases.

At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It's averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.

The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.

Game 2's 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.

The late night wrap-up, After Hours, is watched by 281,000 for an increase of 53 per cent.

TSN's NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.

RDS is averaging 773,000 viewers for Montreal Canadiens games, available nationally, up 21 per cent.

Audiences for the Calgary Flames (130,000) and Edmonton Oilers (145,000) are up 11 and 29 per cent respectively.

Any theories for such spikes?

Enquiring minds would like to know.


Sean said...

The economy - people are staying in to watch games rather than go out to watch them, or go our in general?

No clue, it just seems like everyone blames everything on the economy, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.

THF Admin said...

I'm just curious, are people out west as sick and tired as people in the east of the CBC shoving the leafs down our throats?

Doogie2K said...

I'm tired of the Habs' pre-game ceremonies getting cut up and pissed on, while the Leafs' pre-game ceremonies are treated with the sanctity of a Mass from the fucking Pope. So...yes?

raventalon40 said...

The only organization more obsessed with their glory days than the Oilers are the Leafs. And for each team, the distance to an actual Stanley cup, past or future, is proportionate to that obsession.

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