15.3 Million Canadians Watched the 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP on TSN and RDS
– Audiences up 16% for Team Canada games compared to the last tournament held in Europe –
– More than 2.7 million unique Canadian viewers watched Finland’s thrilling 4-3 overtime win on home ice over Russia in yesterday’s World Juniors Gold Medal Game –
– Canada-USA game on Boxing Day ranks as the top-rated hockey game on any network to date in the 2015/16 broadcast year –
– World Juniors caps off 60+ championship events on TSN –
TORONTO (January 6, 2016) – Canada continued its love affair with the World Juniors this holiday season, as the tournament attracted 15.3 million unique viewers to TSN and RDS according to preliminary overnight data from Numeris. Audiences were up 16% for Team Canada games compared to the last tournament held in Europe (the 2014 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP in Malmo, Sweden).
The World Juniors earned big audiences all tournament long, with yesterday’s thrilling Gold Medal Game – that saw Finland capture the championship on home ice with a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over Russia – attracting an average audience of 729,000 viewers to TSN (637,000) and RDS (92,000), making it the most-watched non-Canadian game of the 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
Overall, more than 2.7 million unique Canadian viewers watched yesterday’s World Juniors championship game on TSN and RDS.
2016 World Juniors Ratings Highlights
- Team Canada’s five World Juniors games attracted an average audience of 2.1 million viewers:
- Canada-Finland (Quarter-Final) – 2.55 million
- Canada-USA (Preliminary Round) – 2.88 million
- Canada-Sweden (Preliminary Round) – 1.72 million
- Canada-Switzerland (Preliminary Round) – 1.71 million
- Canada-Denmark (Preliminary Round) – 1.46 million
- 40% of Canadians aged 2-17 watched the World Juniors
- On Boxing Day, an average audience of 2.9 million Canadians watched Team Canada’s opening game against USA, making it the most-watched World Juniors opening game ever held outside North America, and the top-rated hockey game on any network to date in the 2015/16 broadcast year.
- Team Canada’s quarter-final loss to Finland on Saturday was the most-watched quarter-final game ever held outside North America, attracting an average audience of 2.55 million viewers on TSN (2.23 million) and RDS (316,000).
- TSN was the #1 network in Canada on December 26 (ahead of all conventional networks by a margin of at least 51%), on December 29, and January 2 (up 72% compared to the #2-ranked network)
World Juniors Caps Off 60+ Championships on TSN
The 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP marked TSN’s final championship event of the year. Over the past 12 months, TSN’s five national feeds brought Canadians more than 60 championship events spanning hockey, soccer, curling, football, tennis, basketball, auto racing, and more.
Throughout 2016, TSN continues to deliver the biggest schedule of championship events of any broadcaster in the country, with a major slate of highlights that features:
- All four tennis Grand Slams, beginning in January with the AUSTRALIAN OPEN
- The complete NFL PLAYOFFS on Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS, culminating with SUPER BOWL 50
- Exclusive live coverage of the biggest events in curling, including this weekend’s PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME, the TIM HORTONS BRIER and the SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS
- NBA All-Star 2016, live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto
- Every game of NCAA® MARCH MADNESS®
- Exclusive live coverage of THE MASTERS on Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS for the first time
- Every game from EURO 2016, airing June 10 – July 10, 2016
- Exclusive live coverage of every CFL game, culminating with the 104th GREY CUP live from Toronto’s BMO Field
- Every game of the 2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, which returns to Toronto and Montréal
For electronic measurement data that dates back to 1994. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.