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The USA-Canada Men's Olympic Hockey Semi-Final The Most-Watched On BOTH Sides Of The Border

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02/22/2014 10:36 pm
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The USA-Canada Men's Olympic Hockey Semi-Final The Most-Watched On BOTH Sides Of The Border
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Adrienne Tyler & Tarra Matthews

Staff Writer & Senior Editor

@adriennetyler & @tlcm_16

The Sochi Winter Games are nearing their finish, but this doesn’t mean the world hasn't stopped watching the Olympics action. In fact, the USA vs. Canada Men’s Hockey semi-finals became most-watched in NBC’s history. The game, which was held Friday (February 21st), scored a 2.7/8 with an average of 3.9 million viewers leading an all-time high weekday daytime viewership and becoming the highest-rated hockey game in NBCSN history. It surpassed last weekend’s USA-Russia shootout match ratings (2.6) as well as NBCN’s Stanley Cup Playoff and Finals. At its highest point, 4.6 million viewers were watching the hockey semi-finals with top viewership being in Buffalo, Minneapolis, Boston, Pittsburgh and Providence. Unfortunately for the Americans, they lost to the Canadians 1-0 in regulation, sending them to the bronze medal game Saturday (February 22nd) against Finland. Heartbreak was again in the playbook for the Americans, losing 5-0 to the Finnish. Meanwhile in Canada, you can bet there wasn't much productivity at work on Friday with the boys of Winter facing many of their own friends and teammates in the quest for Olympic gold. CBC reports that an average of 625,000 Canadians tuned in to watch the game on television. Of course this number seems low but these Olympic Games seem to be more defined by online viewership vs. traditional T.V. viewing; considering many of the big medal events are occurring during the traditional work day, many people find themselves streaming from their computers at work. The exact number of viewer's for Friday's Men's semi-final is not yet available, but before Thursday's Women's Gold Medal game CBC reported a record 8.3 million hours of streaming of the Games total had taken place. Additionally, 6.3 million people tuned in to watch (either on TV or online stream)  the Canadian Women's curling team take gold with a perfect 11-0 game record at the Games. As for the Women's Gold medal hockey game earlier this week, 16 million Canadians tuned in to watch at least some part of the game that saw the Canadian ladies beat out the American Team 3-2 in overtime. With Team Canada going for gold against the Swedish team tomorrow (February 23rd) at 7am EST, it should be interesting to see if any Canadian viewership records are made or broken. For comparison, an average of 16.6 million people tuned in to watch the Men's gold medal game at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics! Don’t miss the closing ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games tomorrow at 20:00 MSK.

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