As it Turns Out, Canadians Are Fond of Hockey

Toronto, ON (December 29, 2011) – Canada’s World Juniors holiday tradition continues! According to the latest audience data from BBM Canada, TSN’s coverage of Canada’s decisive victory over Finland on Boxing Day attracted an average audience of 2.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched program of the day on Canadian television in all key demographics.

Overall, 5.45 million Canadians tuned in to watch some, or all, of TSN’s World Juniors Boxing Day game.

TSN finished the day (Dec. 26 full day) as the most-watched television network in Canada.

Media Note: additional 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP audience data will be available in the coming days.

Viewers were also engaged online as registered 45,000 live streams of the game and 155,000 views of World Juniors video content on Boxing Day (source: Omniture). Canada’s industry-leading sports website also had 42,000 fans participating in its integrated live chat during the Canada-Finland game.

TSN’s brand-new TSN Check-In app on Facebook – giving fans the ability to “check in” from around the world and show that they are cheering on Team Canada – has more than 20,000 registered users, with fans checking in from across Canada and as far away as Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET as Team Canada takes on Denmark.


CBC Tries to Snag People Not Interested in the WJC’s With Jets-Leafs and More on Saturday

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA braves Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park to bring Canadians all the action from the 5th annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday, January 2. This year’s match up features two of the Eastern Conference’s best with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers. It all starts with a special installment of Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 12:30 p.m. ET.


“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has become one of the marquee sporting events in North America,” said Julie Bristow, CBC’s executive director of studio and unscripted programming. “CBC is once again proud to be the Canadian broadcast partner of what is fast becoming a New Year’s tradition.”


Ron MacLean will host the highly anticipated showdown alongside Don Cherry. Play-by-play man Jim Hughson and analyst Craig Simpson will try to stay warm in the outdoor broadcast booth, while Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman provide commentary and reports from ice level and around the stadium.


For the first time in the history of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Canadians will be able to watch NHL legends from the Flyers and Rangers as they face off in the Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game. The Philadelphia lineup includes Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mark Howe, Jeremy Roenick, and Reggie Leach with Pat Quinn taking the coaching reins. Mike Keenan takes his place behind the New York bench with a team featuring Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, and Mike Gartner. Live coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on December 31st with CSN’s Jim Jackson handling play-by-play along with analysis from CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s Kevin Weekes.


Following the Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, fans can ring in the New Year with the final broadcast of 2011 for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Things get underway with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by the Winnipeg Jets hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators facing off against the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Florida Panthers. At 10:00 p.m. ET, the focus shifts to the west coast when the Vancouver Canucks travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Kings.


Rangers Games Up on MSG

NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Through 32 games on MSG Networks, Rangers telecasts have recorded a 16% increase in the average Nielsen household rating (0.85 HH vs. 0.73 HH) compared to 2010-11. Monday’s 3-0 win over the rival Islanders scored a 1.60 HH rating to tie the current season high set November 29 when the Rangers defeated the Penguins.

In addition, the last four Rangers games on MSG Network all delivered a 1.13 HH rating or greater, with each game delivering a higher HH rating than the previous game (12/20 at Devils — 1.13 HH; 12/22 vs. Islanders — 1.16 HH; 12/23 vs. Flyers — 1.37 HH; and 12/26 vs. Islanders — 1.60 HH). The average rating for the past four games is a 1.32 HH, which is 55% higher than the current season-to-date average (0.85 HH).

The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with 48 points and are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 22-9-4 on the season (11-3-2 at Madison Square Garden). The team travels to Florida to face the Panthers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (coverage starts with rangers game night at 7:00 p.m.) before playing the Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 2 (special msg network pre-game show starting at 12:00 p.m.).

As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, MSG Networks telecasts nearly 400 live professional games per year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and 50 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Pac 12, Big 12), as well as other award-winning original programming. MSG Networks has won 63 New York Emmy Awards over the last four years, more than any New York station or network.

Eddie Olczyk to Call VERSUS’ Inaugural College Hockey Broadcast

VERSUS is using it’s top NHL analyst for their debut covering the college game.

Eddie Olczyk will be the color analyst for VERSUS’ broadcast of Boston University-Notre Dame on Saturday night, the first college game in the network’s history. He’ll work with play-by-play man Steve Schlanger. Olczyk has two sons currently playing college hockey.

VERSUS is airing a package of NCAA games this year, largely on Friday nights, from every conference, including the semi-finals and final of the Hockey East tournament.