World Juniors Boxing Day Opener Attracts More Than 3 Million Viewers on TSN and RDS

— December 30, 2014

– The Canada-Slovakia Boxing Day game on TSN is the top-rated hockey game on any network to date in the 2014/15 broadcast year –

– Overall, 11.3 million Canadians have watched some or all of TSN and RDS’s coverage of the 2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP on December 26 and 27 –

To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/1tyuATu TORONTO (December 30, 2014) – The World Juniors holiday tradition continues to captivate the nation, as preliminary overnight data confirms an average audience of 3 million viewers tuned in to TSN (2.5 million) and RDS (554,000) to watch Team Canada’s  8-0 defeat over Slovakia on Boxing Day. Team Canada’s 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship debut ranked as the most-watched program of the day on Canadian television in all key demographics – and ranks as the top-rated hockey game on any network to date in the 2014/15 broadcast year. Canadians continued to rally behind the World Juniors on Saturday, as the Canada-Germany tilt attracted an average audience of 2.62 million viewers on TSN (2.1 million) and RDS (549,000). Overall, 11.3 million Canadians have tuned in to watch some or all of TSN and RDS’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP in Montréal and Toronto on December 26 and 27. World Juniors Audience Snapshot: December 26-27
  • The audience for the Canada-Slovakia opener on TSN and RDS was 23% higher than Team Canada’s opening Boxing Day game in 2011 – the last time the tournament took place in Canada
  • The World Juniors elevated TSN to the #1 network in Canada on both December 26 and 27 – ahead of all conventional networks
  • The Canada-Slovakia Boxing Day and Canada-Germany December 27 games rank as the two most-watched preliminary round games ever on RDS
  • An average audience of 1 million viewers watched the Finland-USA Boxing Day game on TSN and RDS – ranking as the most-watched non-Canada preliminary round game on record
  • On Twitter, various World Juniors-related hashtags were trending across Canada throughout Boxing Day including TSN and Hockey Canada’s official World Juniors hashtags #HereWeGo and #2015WJC
<<NOTE TO MEDIA: Additional audience data from the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available in the coming days. >> TSN and RDS’s 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship coverage continues on New Year’s Eve (Friday, Dec. 31) at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN and 4 p.m. ET on RDS as Team Canada takes on the United States with first place in Group A on the line. Broadcast Schedule TSN’s 2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP broadcast schedule is as follows*:        Wednesday, Dec. 31
  • Sweden vs. Switzerland at 1 p.m. ET on TSN Network
  • Canada vs. USA at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, and TSN5
  • Russia vs. Czech Republic at 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
  • Germany vs. Finland at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2Friday, Jan. 2
  • Quarter-final #1 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN Network
  • Quarter-final #2 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2
  • Quarter-final #3 at 5 p.m. ET on TSN Network
  • Quarter-final #4 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN NetworkSunday, Jan. 4
  • Semifinal #1 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN Network
  • Semifinal #2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN Network Monday, Jan. 5
  • Bronze Medal Game at 4 p.m. ET on TSN Network
  • Gold Medal Game at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, and TSN5
RDS’s 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship broadcast schedule is available on RDS.ca. *Broadcast schedule subject to change SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS Visit TSN.ca/Twitter to follow all of TSN’s on-air personalities #TSN #2015WJC #HereWeGo @TSNHockey Facebook.com/TSN YouTube.com/TSNCanada Instagram.com/TSN_Official Google.ca/+TSN TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN’s roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

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