CBC marks highest online viewing audience ever for live event with an average audience of more than 325,000 to the women's gold medal ice hockey game

February 21, 2014

CBC hits online viewing high for a live event with average audience of more than 325,000

CBC’s Olympic Winter Games coverage hits home with 32.65 million Canadians tuning in to Olympic content on either a French or English platform to date

The Women's Gold Medal Ice Hockey game on February 20 posted the highest online viewing audience ever to a CBC live event, with a (preliminary) average audience of more than 325,000 on desktop and mobile devices combined. This beats the previous record of 280,000 set during February 19, Men's Hockey Game between Canada and Latvia.

To date, 32.65 million Canadians (94% of all Canadians) have tuned in to Olympic content on either a French or English platform since February 6 marking an increase of approximately 200,000 over the previously set record on February 19.Notably, the number of Canadians who have watched Olympic content online increased by more than three-quarters of a million yesterday, bringing the total to just under 7.6 million (1 in 5 Canadians) since February 6.
Almost 10.1 million Canadians tuned in to watch Canada beat Latvia 2-1 on February 19, with 1.75 million of them tuning in online.

  • The peak minute on CBC was during the final minutes of the game, with 4.674 million viewers at 2:20pm
  • With a share of 54%, more than half of all the television tuning on February 19 from 12pm-2:23pm EST was to the Men’s Hockey Game

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