French-Language Viewers Raise All-Star Viewing Levels

This comes from William Houston of The Globe & Mail:


Canadians tune in when the NHL all-star game is in a Canadian city.

With Montreal as the host, Sunday’s all-star game drew its largest television audience since 2000, when the game was played in Toronto.

The CBC telecast was watched by 1.516 million viewers, just less than the 1.557 million who tuned in for the 2000 game.

The CBC drew its largest audience ever for Saturday skills competitions, 1.358 million, bettering 1.327 million in 2000.

The French-language Réseau des Sports, with distribution limited mainly to Quebec, drew huge audiences.

It pulled in 1.146 million for the Saturday skills competitions, up 139 per cent from last year.

The game telecast on Sunday was watched by 1.007 million, an increase of 144 per cent from 2008


Counting in VERSUS and CBC viewers, approximate 3.23 Million viewers across North America watched the All-Star Game.  Without VERSUS numbers, it appears 2.507 million watched the Superskills Show across Canada.  Good numbers for the NHL once again.

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