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TV Ratings: CBC Wins With Canada's Hockey Gold

Canada Hockey Gold - H - 2014
Associated Press
Team Canada after winning Gold on Feb. 23.

The country's men's and women's squads prevailing over Team USA has brought the pubcaster its biggest TV audiences from the Sochi Games.

TORONTO -- CBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games is enjoying a ratings win after both the men's and women's hockey teams claimed gold medals in the event.

Friday's broadcast of the Team Canada vs. USA men’s ice hockey semifinal game was watched by more Canadians than any other day of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the CBC reported.

Around 15 million Canadians, or about half of the country's population, tuned into the semifinal game, which saw Team Canada prevail before going on to defeat Sweden for the gold medal on Sunday morning.

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The audience for the semifinal game peaked at nearly 8.6 million Canadians in the final minutes of the third period.

The game secured a 74 percent share of the overall Canadian English-language TV market for the pubcaster.

Nearly 13 million Canadians tuned in last Thursday when the Canadian women's team defeated Team USA for the gold medal, including more than 3.1 million viewers via the CBC's online stream.

The peak minute for the CBC during the women's gold medal game came during the final minutes, with 6.37 million viewers tuning in.