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TV numbers hit the roof

TV numbers hit the roof

45% of Finnish population watched final

Published 07.01.2016 20:49 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
TV numbers hit the roof
Finnish did not only set a domestic (and European) attendance record at the arena but also on TV at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The gold medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship was not only a success for the Finnish team but also for Finnish broadcaster YLE.

In average 1.964 million people watched the game between Finland and Russia on Tuesday night. The numbers peaked at almost 2.5 million people – that is 45 per cent of the country’s population. Finland’s semi-final against Sweden was watched by 1.26 million people in average in Finland, the quarter-final against Canada by 1.132 million fans.

Despite the early quarter-final exit of Team Canada also the numbers in Canada were positive. The Team Canada games were watched by 16 per cent more people than two years ago when the World Juniors were last time in Europe. The Canada-USA game on Boxing Day ranks as the top-rated hockey game on any network to date in the 2015/16 broadcast year with an average of 2.88 million viewers and 6.6 million unique viewers.

On three days (26 Dec., 29 Dec., 2 Jan.) TSN was the most watched network in Canada ahead of all conventional networks. In total 15.3 million unique viewers watched the World Juniors on TSN and French-language counterpart RDS.

More than 2.7 million unique Canadians viewers saw the Russia-Finland gold medal game making it the most-watched World Juniors game without Team Canada for the broadcaster.


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