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Record numbers for Canada / USA Gold Medal Hockey Game; 16.6M in Canada, 27.6M on NBC

The Gold Medal Hockey match between Team Canada and Team USA yesterday drew a record 16.6 million viewers in Canada (the biggest television telecast ever in the country) and 27.6 million on NBC (most-watched Hockey game since the 1980 Lake Placid Hockey game).  Meanwhile, the  closing ceremonies drew 14.3 million viewers in Canada (which makes it the 2nd most-watched telecast in country history).

And for historical purposes, NBC notes that the the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” game between Russia and USA drew 34.2 million average viewers, while the 1980 Lake Placid Gold Medal game drew 32.8 million average viewers. I’ve included both the NBC and CTV press releases after the jump.

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Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies Average 32.6 Million Viewers

According to time-zone adjusted numbers from Nielsen, the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games averaged 32.6 million viewers (it averaged a 9.4 A18-49 rating in the fast affiliate numbers) last night on NBC.  That was an impressive increase of 47% from the 2006 games in Torino (22.17M viewers and a 6.5 A18-49 rating).

This was the most-watched opening ceremony ever for a non-U.S. Winter Olympics. NBC also says that the ceremony had a tune of 67.5 million viewers (those watching an average of 6 minutes), more than the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer.   Head over the jump to see the complete press release.

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