Television Ratings for the World Cup of Hockey

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U.S. television ratings for the World Cup of Hockey are out, and as expected, the ratings are wide-ranging, with mixed results for Team USA.

Team USA
Team USA television ratings for the tournament averaged 425,000 viewers per game. The team went 0-3 in the tournament, hampering any kind of buzz from building.

It’s no surprise that Team USA’s high-watermark was the much-anticipated game against Team Canada, which totaled 766,000 viewers. To put that in perspective, only four of the 93 regular season NHL games on NBCSN last season posted a larger audience. The ratings would be good enough for the ninth highest rated show for that night.

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On the low end, 148,000 tuned in on a Thursday night for the final game against the Czech Republic. Team USA was already eliminated from the tournament prior to the game, which certainly softened viewership.

Team USA’s tournament opener against Team Europe attracted 360,000 viewers on a Saturday afternoon.

Additional Context
To shed some additional perspective, game one of the best of three series final between Team Canada and Team Europe drew 494,000 viewers for a Tuesday night game.

Team North America versus Team Sweden, possibly the most exciting game of the tournament garnered, 310,000 viewers in the United States on a Wednesday afternoon.

Canadian Ratings
As one would expect, ratings in Canada are higher. Canada vs. Russia attracted 3,100,000 viewers across the great white north. Sweden vs. Europe had 625,000 viewers. Canada-Czech Republic game averaged 1.55 million viewers. North America vs. Finland, 1,010,000 viewers. U.S. vs. Europe, 586,000 viewers. Sweden vs. Russia, Sunday, 487,000 viewers.

How was the World Cup in your opinion:

 

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Television Ratings for the World Cup of Hockey

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  2. frank taddeo says:

    boring

  3. saskatoonboy says:

    Let them fight and I and my family will be the same hockey fans that we were 2 years ago. As for now, I am completely tuned out (OK so I watched 5 minutes of Canada and Russia, but it was boring so I turned it off) Canadians made an exception for the “no fighting” rule for the Olympics, but now they are enforcing it all over North America. I think Canadians are fed up with this anti fighting thing. Hockey is competition, tensions are high in the playoffs, but now that is gone. It’s like watching exhibition games all season long now because no aggression or passion is allowed to be displayed which is all the same as an exhibition game.

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