Team Canada tops on ice and on TV

By MIKE ZEISBERGER, Toronto Sun


Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring the gold medal-winning goal during the overtime period of the gold medal men's Olympic hockey game at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 28. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Sunday’s remarkable episode of The Crosby Show was the most watched television broadcast in Canadian history.

With Sidney Crosby becoming the toast of a nation with his gold medal-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Team USA, a record number of eyeballs in this country were glued to their television sets taking in the game in Vancouver.

An average audience of 16.6 million viewers watched the Olympic title game, almost half the Canadian population, according to figures released Monday afternoon. In addition, about 80% of the country (26.5 million) viewed some part of the contest, which was finished off in spectacular fashion by Crosby less than eight minutes into overtime.

The 2010 Winter Games closing ceremony Sunday night becomes the second most-watched broadcast ever, as 14.3 million viewers said goodbye to Vancouver 2010. A total of 24.5 million watched some part of the broadcast.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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