Olympic hockey showdown pulls in gold medal ratings
Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates his game winning goal with Scott Niedermayer and Drew Doughty during overtime period men's ice hockey gold medal final at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:59AM EST
VANCOUVER - Some 80 per cent of Canadians watched part of the Olympic hockey final with an average audience of 16.6 million viewers, according to CTV.
The game aired live on nine television networks in eight languages, the host broadcaster said.
Some 26.5 million Canadians took in part of Canada's 3-2 overtime win over the U.S.
The closing ceremonies averaged 14.3 million viewers, with 24.5 million watching some part of the broadcast.
South of the border, NBC said the hockey final was the most-watched hockey game in the U.S. in 30 years.
The NBC broadcast drew an average viewership of 27.6 million, the biggest hockey number since the U.S. versus Finland 1980 gold medal game in Lake Placid (32.8 million).
Sunday's NBC audience peaked at 34.8 million when American Zach Parise sent the game to overtime with a goal with just 24.4 seconds left in regulation.