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CBC sets TV ratings records for Saturday games

Jan 21, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

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NBC isn’t the only network that’s feeling good about the NHL’s opening weekend.

In Canada, the CBC says over 3.3 million TV viewers watched Saturday evening’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, making it the most-watched regular season “Prime East” game ever on the network.

In addition, the CBC says the Ottawa-Winnipeg contest that preceded Toronto-Montreal had 1.49 million viewers, a record for Saturday afternoon games on Hockey Night in Canada.

Hey…remember the lockout?

Of course, it remains to be seen if TV ratings remain strong throughout the season and into the playoffs. There was a lot of hype heading into the opening weekend. People were bound to tune in.

The NHL has to be happy though. No longer are hockey fans talking about the lockout — they’re talking about slow starts for the Flyers and Rangers, the goaltending in Vancouver, and Todd Bertuzzi’s mono scare.

Just like they should be.

  1. travishenryskid - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Imagine how they would have been if either team were any good.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      I think this is totally irrelevant up in Canada. Its -13ºF in Winnipeg today. They just want something, anything, to forget that.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Not a bad game. It followed a great Opening Night ceremony in Montreal, featuring such legends as Beliveau, H.Richard and Cournoyer. Habs give great fete! Awesome to see Beliveau back on his feet!

  2. billsin20xx - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Maybe this interest will show the league that they should start thinking about cutting the regular season from 82 games to 60 or something, and delaying the start of the season every year!

    • mp1131211 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM


    • badintent - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      great idea !Season is far too long , so are the “everyone(except Toronto) gets in Playoff formatt| High ratings also due to curling strike, no fish for ice fishmen, and no student riots in Montreal.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Not going to lie, there probably won’t be a night when I’m not watching hockey from now until June. I doubt I’m alone so I can see CBC and TSN being very happy with their ratings all season. It’s easy enough to resist buying merchandise and tickets but no true Canadian just stops watching hockey.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I guess 3.3mil is a good figure for Canada. The AFCC had over 47mil viewers last night.

  5. travishenryskid - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    3.3 million viewers in a population of 34.4 million people equals 10.4% of the population. 47 million viewers out of a population of 311.6 million equals about 6.2% of the population. Yeah, I’d say it’s pretty impressive.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      You might want to check your math on that one, chief.

    • revansrevenant - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I think it’s actually more like 9 and 15 percent, respectively. I could be wrong.

      • travishenryskid - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Ouch, that was dumb. Good thing this is anonymous.

  6. csilojohnson - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    GO PENS!!!!

  7. creek0512 - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    They’d also be talking about Tarasenko if he played in one of the big Northeast markets.

  8. nuckss - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    What? But I boycotted! How is this possible?

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