Half of all Canadians watched Olympic hockey

Mon Mar 1, 2010 9:43pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Half the Canadian population, watched their countrymen beat the Americans 3-2 in to win the gold medal in the men's hockey tournament on Sunday, according to BBM Canada data.

That equals 16.6 million viewers (or about the average U.S. audience for, say, "NCIS: Los Angeles"). By another comparison, it would be equivalent to 154 million Americans tuning in for a televised event. Last month's Super Bowl holds the record for the most-watched show with 106 million viewers.

In all, 26.5 million Canadians, or 80% of the population, watched some part of the game as it aired live on nine TV networks nationwide in eight languages.

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<p>Anthony DiNardo (C) and other fans celebrate Canada's men's hockey team winning the gold medal over the United States at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, as they watch the action at Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant in Toronto February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Adrien Veczan</p>