The Canada-Sweden World U20 hockey final on January 5 was the fourth most-watched program ever aired by Canadian broadcaster TSN. The game also set a new all-time record for the Swedish TV-station.
Live coverage of the championship game, won 3-2 in overtime by Canada, attracted a national average audience of 2.22 million viewers, the network announced Monday. Peak viewership was 3.04 million just before the start of overtime.
The ratings were up 23 per cent from last year's gold-medal game in Sweden when 1.8 million watched. Another 168,000 viewers took in the replay later Saturday, while 526,000 watched on French-speaking RDS, bringing total viewership to 2.8 million.
At the same time 995,000 Swedes watched the game on SVT24, a new all-time record for the channel.
TSN's coverage of Canada's seven tournament games averaged 950,000 viewers, making it the most successful world junior tournament for TSN taking place in Europe, surpassing the previous high of 933,000 in 2007 in Sweden.