World Juniors draw big ratings

Finland, Sweden, Canada tune in to Malmö tournament

09.01.2014
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Rasmus Ristolainen's overtime winner was watched by millions in Europe and North America. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

ZURICH – Finland’s overtime triumph at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship drew big TV numbers in Canada, Finland and Sweden.

The final had about a million viewers in Finland, and the broadcast peaked at 1.3 million.

In host nation Sweden, the gold medal game drew 1,564,000 on average, peaking at two million, an impressive number on a country of approximately nine million people.

Despite the time difference with the tournament being held in Europe, more than 14.5 million Canadians – or 40% of the country's population – tuned in to watch the World Juniors at some point via the host broadcaster channels TSN and TSN2.

Canada's 5-1 loss to Finland in the semifinal ranks as the tournament's most-watched game with a record 2.7 million viewers, the largest ever for a World Juniors game played outside of North America. The gold medal game attracted an average audience of 1 million viewers – the largest ever for a non-Canadian game played outside of North America.

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