Record auds see Canada take hockey gold

Some 80% of the population see home team beat the U.S.

MONTREAL — Sunday afternoon’s Winter Olympics gold-medal hockey final between Canada and the U.S. drew an average of 16.6 million viewers in Canada, close to half the country’s population, making it the most-watched TV broadcast in the history of Canuck TV. Some 26.5 million folks — 80% of the population — saw some part of the game, which Canada won 3-2.

The game aired live on nine TV networks via Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. The main English-language network showing the game was CTV.

The Vancouver games’ closing ceremony was the second most-watched event on local TV, with an average of 14.3 million viewers tuning in on Sunday night and some 24.5 million people watching at least part of the event.

The Feb. 12 opening ceremony drew 13.5 million viewers.

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