CTV Draws Big Numbers For Canada-Switzerland

Vancouver, BC (February 19, 2010) – Sidney Crosby’s game-winning shootout goal for Team Canada was watched by an incredible 12 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from BBM Canada data confirms. The 3-2 overtime win over Switzerland was watched on average by 6.8 million viewers, with 769,000 viewers on V/CPAC and RDS. Nearly 19 million Canadians tuned in to some part of the game. After Day 7, 96.3% of the population – or 32.27 million Canadians – have engaged with Vancouver 2010 coverage, according to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium’s CUME index.

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Hockey on the Networks of NBC Over the Weekend

Saturday, February 20 (DAY 9)

CABLE:
MSNBC coverage includes live men’s ice hockey and curling.  In hockey, Switzerland faces off against Norway and Slovakia takes on Latvia. CNBC has a double dose of live curling with the women of Team USA going up against Great Britain and in the men’s competition, Great Britain challenging Canada.

Cable
MSNBC
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Switzerland vs. Norway (LIVE)

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Slovakia vs. Latvia (LIVE)

Midnight – 3:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Belarus vs. Germany (LIVE)

Sunday, February 21 (DAY 10)

NBC
Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Russia vs. Czech Republic (LIVE)

Cable
MSNBC

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – USA vs. Canada (LIVE)

Midnight – 3:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Finland vs. Sweden (LIVE)

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Biathlon: The men’s ice hockey tournament continues with a classic matchup, Russia vs. Czech Republic, with Russia being led by NHL star Alexander Ovechkin. In biathlon’s popular men’s mass start event, the first man to successfully shoot and ski his way across the finish line wins gold.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Canada – This LIVE showdown is the most anticipated event in the host country outside of the men’s hockey gold medal game, as the North American powers face off.

Quotes From Yesterday’s NBC Universal Hockey Coverage

MSNBC

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: BELARUS VS. SWEDEN
Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury (Studio Analysts), Mike Emrick (Play-by-Play), Ed Olczyk (Analysts), Pierre McGuire (Reporter)
Sweden: 4  Belarus: 2

MILBURY ON TEAM SWEDEN: “There are simple concepts to every sport and one of them is give and go, and the Swedes do this beautifully all over the ice.”

MCGUIRE ON TEAM SWEDEN: “Even though a lot of people for a period of time thought they weren’t the most overly aggressive team to ever come in, they’re playing aggressive and they have for a long time now.”

TEAM SWEDEN’S DANIEL ALFREDSSON: “I feel today was a big game for us; I thought we answered really well.”

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST NIGHT’S CNBC COVERAGE

CNBC
5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: RUSSIA VS. SLOVAKIA
Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst)
Slovakia: 2 Russia: 1

ROENICK ON TEAM RUSSIA’S ALEXANDER OVECHKIN: “Alex Ovechkin is a monster and he’s going to continue to impress through this whole tournament.”

MICHELETTI ON OVECHKIN: “Look at him. He’s just going, going, punching guys, hitting guys, high-fives!”

ALBERT ON OVECHKIN: “He’s got one of the great shots in the game.”

MICHELETTI ON TEAM SLOVAKIA BATTLING AGAINST RUSSIA: “Slovakia has hung tough, and found a way to tie this mid-way through the third period. What a game.”

ALBERT ON RUSSIA: “That Olympic gold medal is their prize. It’s their target.”

CNBC, Men’s Hockey:
Czech Republic 5 vs. Latvia 2
Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury (Studio Analysts), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), Ed Olczyk (Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)

Milbury on Czech Republic’s Jaromir Jagr: “Boy he can bring it. He is one of the top 10 in my book.”

Roenick on Czech Republic’s goaltender Tomas Vokoun: “He doesn’t get the respect or recognition because he is in a down market, but he has seven shut outs and is tied with Marty Brodeur for No. 1 in the NHL.”

Olczyk on Czech Republic: “Their ability to make plays in small areas and their defense did a really good job of putting a lot of pressure on the Latvians.”

Czech Republic’s Jaromir Jagr on taking more slap shots: “It’s a lot tougher to score in this league, so that’s why I am trying new things.”