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Montreal (May 15, 2014)—Yesterday evening, RDS set a new record as an average of 2,496,000* viewers followed all the action of the seventh and final game of the Canadiens-Bruins series—an all-time record for the sports network. At the end of the game, a record peak audience of 3,477,000* viewers was also recorded, as the Canadiens defeated their old rivals and qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals.
Not surprisingly, RDS once again ranked 1st* in prime-time TV viewing, with a 58,6%* market share while the game was on air—more than all conventional and specialty networks combined.
After the game, L’ANTICHAMBRE also reached a new viewing milestone, as a record 781,000* fans celebrated the victory in the company of the show’s panel of experts.
Stanley Cup fever heats up in the second round
Yesterday, Stanley Cup fever was evident all over Quebec, and especially at the Bell Centre, where over 21,000 fans gathered to watch Game 7 of the series live on RDS. In total, RDS reached the equivalent of 118 sold-out Bell Centres over the course of the game.
On average, 2,040,000* viewers tuned in to RDS for each of the seven games in the Habs’ second-round series. This represents a 16%* increase compared to the seven second-round games versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010.
Conference Finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. ET
Fans will barely have time to catch their breath before the action resumes with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers, starting this Saturday at 1 p.m. ET live on RDS.
The Western Conference Finals, meanwhile, will get underway on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET live on RDS, with the winner of Game 7 between the Kings and Ducks (airing on RDS this Friday at 9 p.m. ET) facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The full broadcast schedule for the Conference Finals will be released in the next few days.
* Source: BBM Analytics - InfosysTV, French Quebec
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